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California Theatre & Caliente Racetrack Mural
1122 4th Avenue

This long-abandoned and neglected Spanish Revival theater was heralded as the Cathedral of the Motion Picture when it opened with 2,200 seats in 1927. It later became a popular rock concert venue due to its fine acoustics. Now the theater is threatened with demolition, along with the popular 1960s racetrack mural on the rear wall that promised entertainment at Tijuana's Agua Caliente Racetrack. The developer rejected solid proposals to restore and reuse the building and intends to replace this landmark with high-rise residences. SOHO is engaged in legal action to protect the California Theatre from demolition.








1950s. Photo courtesy San Diego History Center

Photos by Sandé Lollis

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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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