The historic 1930 Adams Avenue Theater building is being restored. The beloved Normal Heights landmark, home of Discount Fabrics for several decades, is now being remodeled according to a sign I spotted in a window near the entrance yesterday!
According to the posted sign, the new Adams Avenue Theater will be a “city chic, multi-purpose theater and private event space”–the perfect place for community events, concerts, weddings and social gatherings.
A little online research indicates the old movie house in the 1970’s and 80’s became a center for the punk rock and new wave music scene. Bands that performed here in concert include Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, R.E.M., the Stray Cats, Iggy Pop, the Cramps and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I love it when elegant old neighborhood movie theaters are returned to their former glory. Especially when the walls of those theaters encompass so much history.
I’m sure many have fond memories of this special place!
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Historically, it was the “Carteri Theater,” built in 1925 as part of the historic Carteri Center. Its street facade was remodeled from its original Spanish Colonial Revival style into Art Modern around 1940.
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Thanks for the great info! I was relying on an article here: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2018/may/30/blurt-adams-avenue-theater-host-music-again/
I did a Google search just now and saw this page… https://sandiegohistory.org/collection/photographs/theaters/ According to the San Diego History Center, the Carteri Theatre was designed by Louis Gill. There’s an old photo, too.