Marquee, La Paloma Theatre by deepbluwater

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La Paloma Theatre, Encinitas, CA in North San Diego. The theatre opened on February 11, 1928 with the film “The Cohen’s and Kelly’s in Paris.” The event was attended by soon to be Academy Award winner Mary Pickford who rode her bike to the opening.

La Paloma (The Dove) was one of the first theatres to show “Talkies.” Talking pictures premiered in 1927 with the Warner Bros. film “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. Making the transition from silent pictures to “talkies” didn’t happen over night, so La Paloma was also equipped with a beautiful pipe organ, a standard piece of theatre equipment during the Silent era. Films in the early days of motion pictures were usually preceded by a vaudeville stage act, and La Paloma was well suited for that.

Over the years many performers have graced the stage of La Paloma. Musical artists as diverse as Loreena McKennitt, Nickel Creek, Ralph Stanley, Jerry Garcia and Eddie Vedder.

La Paloma Theatre continues to show films regularly and is a big part of Encinitas hosting many community and City functions throughout the year.

March 2009.


  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

    cool, and really glad to hear that this wonderful building is still put to good use

    love the shot sll signs should be viewed from below LOL

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • you love the old buildings too?! I had to lean hard against that palm tree to shoot this handheld! stoked (bit of California slang for ya’) that it’s being featured in “Movie Palaces of Old” -more old movie marquees to come… thanks again for having a look at my views of the world today, too much fun!!

    – deepbluwater

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

    I’m stoked for you too and “Chuffed” as well LOL

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

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