California Theatre/Pittsburg, CA

Sent by THS Member TOM DELAY – Tom is the “go to guy” when it comes to theater organs. He has extensive documentation on theater organs and their current locations.

He writes: Just stumbled on this a few minutes ago in the Monterey County Herald. A near twin to what the Salinas Fox California Theatre once was before the 1933 rehash. A 3/10 Morton organ was installed in the CA Pittsburg. The organ must have been a killer in that theatre. The original 1920 organ was a Smith pile replaced by the Morton fairly late on, 1928 or 1929.

Renovation for California Theater to be put to bid

The Associated Press
Updated: 02/14/2010 02:18:16 PM PST

PITTSBURG, Calif.—A landmark theater in Northern California is a step closer to being renovated after inspections of its structural reinforcement were completed. Pittsburg City Manager Marc Grisham says a renovation project for the historic California Theater will be put to bid later this month. The bidding process comes after city leaders last fall agreed to put $4.5 million toward renovation of the theater.

City leaders and residents have sought to transform the long-vacant theater into a community performing arts center.

The theater opened in 1920 and closed in 1954. Pittsburg bought the property in 1970, but the building has been in disrepair since 1991.

It’s hoped the project, which includes a seismic retrofit and restoration work, will be finished by 2011.

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