AKA: New California Theater and Office Building, San Diego, CA; California Theatre #2 and Office Building, San Diego, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Perrine, John Paxton Architect (firm); John Paxton Perrine (architect)

Dates: constructed 1926-1927

9 stories

1122 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101-4810

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1122 Fourth Street at C Street

Building History

Done in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the New California stood, along with the Balboa, as the two great movie palaces of San Diego. The New California accomodated 2,200 patrons, and possessed the requisite, mammoth Wurlitzer organ. Belonging to the Fox-West Coast chain, it opened 04/22/1927.


The New California Theatre was renovated in 1988 to host live performances, but the theatre closed in 1990.

Recently, plans to redevelop the neighborhood have refocused attention on the New California.

PCAD id: 1184