Step Inside the Finished Coronado Village Theatre (Exclusive Photos & Video)

UPDATE:  SEE MOVIE TIMES HERE. got an exclusive 'final sneak peek' at the restored Coronado Village Theatre.  O-M-P (Oh My Popcorn)!

We were absolutely blown away by the remodel and the attention to every detail from top to bottom.  Words cannot describe the beauty inside and you must come down to the theatre to experience it yourself.  It is an Art Deco masterpiece!

We have to imagine that this excitement is similar to what folks felt when it first opened in 1947.  

Congratulations to all of those involved in the project - especially Joseph Musil (original designer), Lance Alspaugh (Vintage Cinemas), Davis Reed Construction, JP&K Construction Management, Ronald Wright (RAWDESIGN), CITY CONSTRUCTION REPRESENTATIVE; Jon McMillen (Rosenow, Spevacek Group, Inc.), STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS; Helmand Kushkaki, P.E. & Steve Smith, P.E. (Horowitz, Taylor, Kushkaki (HTK)), LIGHTING DESIGNER; Tom Ruzika (The Ruzika Company, Inc.), ARCHITECTS, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS; Eric J. Hugger, AIA Principal in Charge, Jeffrey Chick, AIA Project Architect, Ted Perron, P.E. HVAC, Jeff McCoy Plumbing and Roger Maddox, P.E. Electrical all from (Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. (FTC&H)), the Graham Family and the City of Coronado (huge thanks to the Community Development Agency).

Tickets go on sale at 7pm tonight at the ticket booth outside the theatre at 820 Orange Avenue.  The first movie showing is Cars 2 at 12:01am Friday.   For more information, visit Vintage Cinemas or call 619-437-6161.

General Admission tickets are $10.50, children under 12 and seniors 62 and over are $7.50 with Bargain Shows before 6 p.m. $8.50. Special 3D showings are an additional $2 per ticket. Vintage Cinemas Gift Books will be available at the box office.

Enjoy the photo and video tour of the Coronado Village Theatre:

They are putting on the final 'polish' for the opening ceremonies tonight!

Snack bar will include popcorn, soda, candy, hot dogs as well as some gourmet items.

Emerald 'Aisle' will showcase movie memorabilia.  Note how the sign changes colors.

 There are three screening rooms.  The main theatre holds 215 while the two smaller ones hold 40 each.  The original theatre had one screening room that held roughly 600.

Each of the three screening rooms have beautiful murals.  They light up and change colors and have other 'light' features that you will have to see for yourself in person.  We love the concept of sitting in the 'Bay of Seats' between Coronado and Downtown San Diego.  A fantastic concept that came together perfectly.

The Coronado Bridge, Coronado Boathouse, Hotel del Coronado and Downtown Coronado on the left.

Downtown San Diego and Coronado Ferry Landing shine under the moon and stars on the right.

The Exposition Room which is one of the two smaller screening rooms.  It holds 40 people.  For a history of the Ford building in Balboa Park and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, click here.

The Balboa Room holds 40 people and has an amazing mural of the buildings found at Balboa Park.  Click here to learn more about the history of this famed park just over the bridge from Coronado.

Even the carpet ties into the entire experience.

Lance Alspaugh thanking Will Graham (age 12) for helping land the necessary funding (from his dad) to help complete the theatre.

Tickets go on sale at 7pm tonight at the ticket booth outside the theatre at 820 Orange Avenue.  The first movie showing is Cars 2 at 12:01am Friday.   For more information, visit Vintage Cinemas or call 619-437-6161.

Related articles:

Coronado Village Theatre Restoration Ever So Close
"6161" - A Village Theatre Tradition Reclaimed
Village Theatre Sneak Peek (July 2010)


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Comment by eCoronado on June 24, 2011 at 5:24pm

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Comment by Dan McGeorge on June 24, 2011 at 5:48pm
I had expected something great after seeing the photos here on ecoronado, but wow! I was not prepared for the incredible reality of the renovation!  The theater far exceeded my imagination.  Great thanks to Lance for his dedication, determination and vision, and all of those who contributed over the years to this project's resounding success.  How very thoughtful and generous to welcome the community in for a preview, entertain us, inform us, and even feed us an old time theater staple of delicious popcorn and refreshing soda. Then to pay such an enthusiastic and delightful crew to serve it all to us for free?  Wow, thanks so much!!  Lance was right, the vintage snack bar took me back nostalgically to the fun of the theater I knew as a child. I am so glad our kids of today will be able to experience it too.   It was an absolutely perfect evening!
Comment by Lynnda Shepherd on June 25, 2011 at 2:13pm
Will movies and showtimes be posted on eCoronado? I can't find info anywhere and the phone number to the new theater just ring and rings... Anyone?
Comment by eCoronado on June 25, 2011 at 4:17pm
@Lynnda, yes, we will have the info once it's available.  Right now, the best way to find out movie times is to stop by the theatre and ask at the booth.  Yes, just like you did in 1947.  As you can imagine, they are still setting up the system and process.  We'll inform you as soon as we get the details (movie times, phone number, buying advanced tickets, gift cards, etc).
Comment by Lynnda Shepherd on June 25, 2011 at 6:16pm
Thanks.. :-). I figured it was still early.. And we did stop by so we have the scoop for the next week..
Comment by eCoronado on June 28, 2011 at 2:02pm

Joe Ditler just passed on this wonderful KUSI clip that features a few 'old school' Coronado locals that share their memories of the original movie theatre and compare it to the current restored one:

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