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

Designers: Boller Brothers, Architects (firm); Carl Henry Boller (architect); Robert Otto Boller (architect)

Dates: constructed 1929

2 stories

201 East 6th Street
Downtown, Corona, CA 92879

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Carl Boller, one of the partners of the Kansas City and Los Angeles-based Boller Brothers architectural firm, designed this Spanish Colonial Revival Style theatre for a site in Downtown Corona, CA, then a rapidly growing city in Riverside, CA. Boller created an "atmospheric" interior, which consisted of a collection of fanciful exterior facades arrayed on the auditorium's interior walls. The interior mimicked a romantic exterior scene, intended to heighten the filmgoer's sense of escape. The auditorium seated 900 patrons and opened for business on 08/29/1929. Like many theatre projects in central business districts in the 1910s-1920s, the Corona Theatre was part of a larger commercial block, with rentable storefronts on the first floor, and offices above.

PCAD id: 18806