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Vintage Coronado movie house reopening after 10 years

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Coronado’s elegant old Art Deco-style movie house, the Village Theatre, is reopening in two weeks after a 10-year closure, adding another attraction to one of Southern California’s most well-tended and winsome tourist destinations.

This is hardly the theater that first opened in 1947 on the main thoroughfare of the town on San Diego Bay. Two more screens have been added, as well as 3-D technology.

Theater designer Joseph Musil, who helped restore the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, helped oversee details of this restoration too. Musil died last year before seeing his final project completed, but his influence can be seen in the large murals hand-painted by Disney muralist Bill Anderson.

The main theater will seat 215 people, down from the original 600. The two smaller screening rooms will seat 45 each.

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Lance Alspaugh, who operates classic movie theaters in the Los Angeles area, led the movie house’s rebirth, with backing from Coronado’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

The reopening will take place at 12:01 a.m. June 24 with a showing of the Disney/Pixar film “Cars 2.” The theater is at 820 Orange Ave.


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