California Theatre (San Bernardino)

The California Theatre of the Performing Arts or simply referred to as the California Theatre is a performing arts center in the historic Downtown area of San Bernardino, California. Originally a part of the Fox Theatre chain, it opened in 1928. It still houses its original Wurlitzer Style 216 pipe organ.[2] It was also the site of the last performance by Will Rogers prior to his death, in a 1935 plane crash.

California Theatre of the Performing Arts
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Address562 W. 4th St.
San Bernardino, California
United States
OwnerCity of San Bernardino
OperatorTheatre Arts International
TypeMovie palace
Current usePerforming arts venue
Opened1928 (1928)
California Theatre
California Theatre (San Bernardino) is located in California
California Theatre (San Bernardino)
California Theatre (San Bernardino) is located in the United States
California Theatre (San Bernardino)
Coordinates34°6′23″N 117°17′43″W / 34.10639°N 117.29528°W / 34.10639; -117.29528Coordinates: 34°6′23″N 117°17′43″W / 34.10639°N 117.29528°W / 34.10639; -117.29528
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
ArchitectPerrine, John Paxton
Architectural styleCalifornia Churrigueresque
NRHP reference No.09001116[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 22, 2009

In the early years of Hollywood, filmmakers would test-screen their movies at the California Theatre. Classic films such as "King Kong" and "The Wizard of Oz" were first seen by audiences at the theatre in the 1930s.

The theatre is managed by Theatrical Arts International, the largest theatre company in the Inland Empire, which presents Broadway tours from the national touring circuit, and has hosted the San Bernardino Symphony since 1929. The theatre has recently hosted the tapings of Showtime's "The Latin Divas of Comedy", and "The Payaso Comedy Slam".[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "CinemaTreasures". Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  3. ^ Weeks, John (2006-11-10). "Inland Empire - a pop culture bastion". San Bernardino County Sun. Archived from the original on 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2007-12-17.

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