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Paul Ogden
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Does anybody out there have any information on the history of T & D Jr. Enterprises? This company built and operated a number of motion picture theaters in Northern California in the 1930s and later (and perhaps earlier). Any leads would be appreciated.

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Adam Martin
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In the research that I've done so far, I've found listings for T&D in Berkeley, Lodi, Marysville, Oakland, Richmond, Selma, and Stockton.

Their offices may have been in Oakland at the Glen/Casino/Foothill/California Playhouse/Studio One Theatre on Foothill Blvd or in San Francisco on the same block as the Warfield.

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Bill Gabel
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T & D Jr. Enterprises Inc. chain during the mid 40's operated 58 theatres under their name and about 19 other groups in California and Nevada. And they also held a 50% interest in San Francisco Theaters at the time. This info is from 1944.

T & D Jr. Enterprises, Inc.
California
  • CHICO: American, Senator
    DUNSMUIR: California
    LINDSAY: Lindsay
    LODI: Lodi, State
    MARTINEZ: Avalon, State
    OROVILLE: State
    PASO ROBLES: Paso Robles
    PETALUMA: California
    RED BLUFF: State
    REDDING: Cascade, Redding
    SUSANVILLE: Sierra
Nevada
  • RENO: Granada, Majestic, Nevada, Reno
    SPARKS: Hi-Way
Butte Theater, Inc.
California
  • GRIDLEY: Butte
Crockett Theater Co., Inc.
California
  • CROCKETT: American, Columbia
Hi-Ho Theater, Inc.
California
  • PASO ROBLES: Hi Ho
King-Reavis Amusement Co.
California
  • SANTA ROSA: California
Marysville State Theater, Inc.
California
  • MARYVILLE: State
Marysville Tower Theater, Inc.
California
  • MARYSVILLE: Tower
Nevada County Theaters, Inc.
California
  • GRASS VALLEY: Del Oro
    NEVADA: Broadway
New Auburn Theater Co.
California
  • AUBURN: State
Oak Park Theater Co. Inc.
California
  • SACRAMENTO: California
Roxie Amusement Co. Inc.
California
  • SACRAMENTO: Roxie
Silver State Amusement Co.
Nevada
  • RENO: Tower
Tower Theater Co. Inc.
California
  • SANTA ROSA: Tower
Tulare-Visalia-Hanford Venture
California
  • HANFORD: Fox, Rita
    TULARE: El Rey, State, Tulare
    VISALIA: Fox, Hyde
United California Theaters, Inc.
California
  • AVENAL: Avenal
    COALINGA: State
    MERCED: Merced, Rio, Strand, Madera
    TURLOCK: Fox
Yuba Theater Co. Inc.
California
  • YUBA CITY: Smith's
Hollister Golden State Theaters, Inc.
California
  • HOLLISTER: State
Monterey Theaters Co.
California
  • CARMEL: Carmel
    MONTEREY: Monterey, Rio, State
    PACIFIC GROVE: Grove
    SEASIDE: Del Rey
Pacific States Amusement & Realty Co.
California
  • SANTA CRUZ: Del Mar, Santa Cruz
T&D Jr. held 50% holdings in this chain.
San Francisco Theaters, Inc.
California
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Alexandria, Coliseum, Harding, Metro, Vogue
Both of their addresses during this time was:
995 Market Street., San Francisco, California
The chain later in around 1957 became United California Theatres, Inc.
Their offices were at 172 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The president of the company was Robert Naify.
Hope this helps.

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Bill Gabel
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T & D Jr. Enterprises in 1932 operated 21 theatres in California & Nevada.

CALIFORNIA
  • AUBURN: State
    CHICO: National, Senator
    DUNSMUIR: California
    GILROY: Strand
    HANFORD: Fox
    LODI: T&D Jr.
    MARTINEZ: State
    OROVILLE: State
    PASO ROBLES: T&D Jr.
    PETALUMA: California
    RED BLUFF: State
    REDDING: Redding
    SACRAMENTO: California
    SANTA ROSA: Cline
    SUSANVILLE: Liberty
    TULURE: Tulure
    VISALIA: Fox
NEVADA
  • RENO: Granada, Majestic, Wigwam
Their General Manager was M. Naify and their offices were located at 25 Taylor Street in San Francisco.
Also they held 50% interest in the San Francisco Theaters chain.
Which at the time (1932) included:
San Francisco Theaters
CALIFORNIA
  • San Francisco: Alexandria, El Rey, Coliseum, Harding, Metropolitan


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Floyd E. Perry, Jr.
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 - posted April 13, 2006 11:44 AM      Profile for Floyd E. Perry, Jr.   Email Floyd E. Perry, Jr.         Edit/Delete Post 
I know T&D operated as late as 1950, I read an article that they built and operated the SUNSET THEATRE(aka SUNSET CINEMA) at 1110 W. Lodi Avenue(another address they used was 1118 W. Lodi Avenue)in Lodi CA. The Sunset essensially replaced the State on Elm Street(which closed the same year, however building still stands today) but the T&D still operated the Lodi Theatre(which was destroyed by fire in 1962).I don't know how much longer the T&D chain operated after 1950?

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Bill Gabel
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Around 1957-58 the chain changed it's name to one of the groups of theatres, that it had operated earlier.

To United California Theatres, Inc. it was the same chain just a different name after 1957.

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Floyd E. Perry, Jr.
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I am curious how much longer did "United California Theatres Inc. operated?

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Bill Gabel
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They were still in operation at the start of 1969. But some of the theatres became United Artists Theatre Circuit houses during that time.

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Joe Vogel
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I've tried to find the connection between T&D Jr. Enterprises and the earlier T&D (Turner & Dahnken) circuit, but with little success. Turner & Dahnken operated many theatres throughout California in the silent era, and were associated with other operators at various times, including West Coast Theatres and C.L. Langley's Southwest Theatres, and eventually the circuit was merged into Fox West Coast. I suspect that the origins of T&D Jr. are somehow related to the formation of the Fox circuit and perhaps the various problems arising from William Fox's financial straits in the early 1930's, but I haven't been able to track down any solid information about these events.

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