Guild Theater

Post image for Judy Adams’s call to action for Guild Theater preservation

Guild Theater advocate Judy Adams brought this to our attention:

“Menlo Park’s annual “goal setting” public meeting gives residents an opportunity to express their views on what goals the city should work towards in 2018. Each speaker will have three minutes to make a statement.

“If you signed the Save the Guild petition  (as 4000 Menlo Park residents, past residents, Peninsula residents, and lovers of small neighborhood movie theaters versus multiplexes), please come to the Oak Room  in the Arrillaga Rec Center  at 1:00 pm this Monday., Jan. 29, to express your views on renovating the Guild and continuing to provide  a regular schedule of Indy and foreign films.

“Why? One of the speakers will be proposing, in his three  minutes, a project he wants to do through a non-profit, to renovate the Guild and offer additional live entertainment, speaker series, possibly special film screenings and movie festivals, but he’s not sure that the Guild will still provide a regular schedule of current movies of the kind you’ve come to enjoy at the Guild. He has great goals to add these options, but we may lose our current movie schedule.

“There are few remaining intimate single-screen theaters in CA, and the Guild is one of them. It attracts audiences who want to go out to a movie for a modest cost, enjoy the reactions of the audience, view a current Indy or foreign film or documentary, have a snack or maybe go out for lunch or dinner after the movie and talk about it with friends and neighbors.

“If you support your local movie house, please come on Monday to the 1pm City Council meeting and say you want to keep the current feature films – and maybe even subscribe to a season of films, if that were possible, to assure that there is a demand for the films, as well as support other cultural events and entertainment that will be offered at the “new” Guild.

If you can’t make the meeting at 1pm Mon. Jan 29, email the City Council that one of your cultural and entertainment goals for the city is that you’d like to see a continuation of the regular movie offerings at the Guild and its preservation. You may help make an important decision to Save the Guild theater: city.council@menlopark.org.”

InMenlo file photo (c) 2011

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Guild Theatre: Bringing movies to Menlo for 85 years

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Talk about a mainstay. The Guild Theater opened in 1926 before “talkies.” Known as the Menlo Theatre for its first two decades, it has endured, surviving the proliferation of multiplexes. King of the Turf featuring Mary Carr and Kenneth Harlan was the feature presentation when the Menlo opened its doors on May 7, 1926, according to […]

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