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Bernard Street Theatre

2001 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
3200 Bernard St
Bakersfield CA 93306

Record #2813  
 Opened: November 10, 1995
 Closed: June 16, 2000
 Current Use: Church
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: United Artists Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Paul Linfesty.

The UA Bernard Street 6 theatres opened on November 10, 1995. Opening attractions were Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (on 3 screens), Powder, Now and Then, and a split screen of To Die For and How to Make an American Quilt. The largest auditorium sat around 325 seats and was Bakersfield's only certified THX theatre. It was equipped with DTS, SDDS, Dolby SR and Dolby A analog sound. The second theatre sat around 275 seats and featured SDDS, DTS, and Ultra-Stereo. Four small theatres all sat in the 150 seat range and featured Ultra Stereo.

The theatre was popular for a while, but couldn't survive the onslaught of the megaplexes. By 1999, the theatre had switched to a bargain sub-run house, removing all digital sound systems in the process. It's last night of operation was on Friday, June 16, 2000. This was odd, since new movies had already debuted that night. Trucks were waiting in the parking lot that night to start the removal process. Advertising for the theatre actually continued until the following Thursday.

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July 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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