The Coronado Village Movie Theatre has quite a colorful history in this island community. The theater first opened its doors on March 18, 1947 to a long line of waiting customers to see Irish Eyes Are Smiling in Technicolor. Sadly, the theater was eventually abandoned and had fallen into disrepair until on June 25, 2011, following a ten year, $3 million renovation, the Village Theatre once again opened its doors to a long line of eagerly awaiting customers.
The original theater had one large screening room that held approximately 600 guests. The newly renovated main theater boasts a beautiful red velvet curtain and 215 cushy, reclining chairs. The two smaller auditoriums hold 40 guests each. Theater-goers walk along beautiful carpet and view impressive L.E.D. lit columns. The late Joseph Musil, who was a theater designer from Hollywood, inspired The Village’s Art Deco design. The renovations also include up-to-date sound equipment, Sony digital cinema and Dolby 6 Channel Digital Sound.
The redesign of the new theater maintains the feel of an old time Hollywood cinema. All three, gorgeously decorated screening rooms showcase impressive 3-D wall murals that light up and change colors. The murals are hand-painted by Disney muralist Bill Anderson. They depict the stunning architecture of both the Exposition of 1915 and of Balboa Park today. There are two enormous murals depicting the skyline of Coronado, the Bridge, Hotel del Coronado, and the Boathouse on one side, the other shows the San Diego skyline with the Ferry Landing, ferryboat and cityscape. If you glance up you will see the twinkling of stars.
On the outside, the sidewalk terrazzo that had become cracked and faded has been restored to its former elegant state. Tickets are purchased at a sidewalk ticket booth topped by a neon “Village” sign and marquee. The theater is located at 820 Orange Avenue. For more information please call 619-437-6161 or go to www.vintagecinemas.com/village