Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

The Orinda Theater is the anchor of downtown in the pastoral East Bay town of Orinda, California. Designed by Alexander Aimwell Cantin [architecture] and Anthony B. Heinbergen [interior design], it opened in 1941.

By the early 1980s, this Egyptian-inspired streamlined moderne movie palace was slated for demolition and subsequently saved, reopening to the public in 1989.

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

The sidewalk in front of the theater features geometric terrazzo:

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Backlit etched glass bricks:

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

In the rotunda lobby, a mural of stylized flying figures covers the domed ceiling:

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

The marquee stands tall in the heart of this sleepy town:

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

The façade is plain white concrete with a giant vertical fin marquee flanked by concave tiered spires and rounded neon design elements:

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Orinda Theater by Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Anthony B. Heinbergen

Check out a few more interior photos, and read the detailed history of the building.

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