Sunday, August 10, 2008

Local Landmark ~ The La Paloma Theater

Built in 1927 in a Spanish Colonial style designed by architect Edward Braun, the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas was one of the first theaters in the country to show "talking" motion pictures. It stands on a corner of the Pacific Coast Highway (First and D Streets) and has been a local landmark since it opened in 1928. Local kids spent Saturday afternoons glued to the screen watching matinee double features with stars like Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi. With a soaring ceiling and outstanding acoustics, it is still a popular venue for motion pictures, poets and musicians.

The large building to the south, attached to the La Paloma, has been home to a variety of businesses over the years, most memorably the iconic Surfboards Hawaii factory in the 1960s. In the 1950s it was a Bank of America and more recently has been home to a series of short-lived bars and nightclubs.

1 comment:

Island Comfort said...

Most excellent photos!