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Presenting the Past: Village Theatre History (Part 2)

by Beverly Lane

After World War II the old social hall at 233 Front St. found new life when Heaton Randall bought it and opened a first run movie house. People had been going to movies at Walnut Creek's El Rey Theater in the '40s, so they loved having movies closer to home. Randall had experience running a movie theater and kept the place lively. There were Wednesday night special films featuring the Three Stooges and W.C. Fields, live music, games like "name that tune" and prizes for game winners.

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Beverly Lane, a longtime Danville resident, is curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and co-author of "San Ramon Valley: Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon."


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