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Posted on 09/03/2014


Photo taken on September  1, 2014


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Hemet Theater

Hemet Theater
Multiple “H’s” have been worked into the current architecture of the historic Hemet Theater. Although the façade screams otherwise, the Hemet Theater was built in 1921 (after the 7.0 earthquake of 1918 destroyed Hemet’s first theater, built in 1913, directly across the street). This was the city’s second large earthquake (the previous, 6.8, occurring in 1899) and caused residents and businesses to abandon brick as a rebuilding material. Owner William Martin thus constructed the Hemet Theater with concrete block.

The theater was renovated in the 1940’s and 1960’s and, at one time, was the oldest continually running single screen movie theater in the United States. It was sold to two movie fanatics (in 2000), sustained moderate damage from a nearby fire (in 2010) and now has its own foundation attempting to raise funds for purchase and restoration. Some historic photos are featured at: www.historichemettheatre.com/photo-gallery

216 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, California
33.747700, -116.969877

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