Hyatt Music Theatre (Hyatt Cinema)


Date:
1964, 1966 interior remodel
Neighborhood:
Burlingame
Building Type:
Commercial
Address:
1307 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA
Current Name:
Hyatt Cinema
Current Use:
Vacant
Current Condition:
Good (exterior), Altered (interior)
Status:
Unknown
Burlingame’s Hyatt Cinema originally opened on September 15, 1964 as the “Hyatt Music Theatre,” a venue for live musicals.  It was the first theater “in the round” to be located on the San Francisco Peninsula, predating San Carlos’ Circle Star Theatre by roughly one month.  Unfortunately, the Hyatt’s original business concept failed to attract regular crowds and in 1966, the theater was remodeled for film use.  The rechristened “Hyatt Cinema” operated as a movie theater for over forty years before closing in 2007. This futuristic building currently sits empty.

Sources:
City of Burlingame, Building Department
Burlingame Historical Society
www.cinematreasures.org

Image Credits:
Aerial view, vintage postcard image; photographer unknown
Hyatt Cinema Front (2008); Photographer credit: Heather David
Building Detail (2008); Photographer credit: Heather David
Hyatt Sign Detail (2008); Photographer credit: Heather David

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