Old BeeKay Theater

Behind this old building facade is a gutted out, empty, and roofless space. This old space used to be the BeeKay Theater on Green Street. The owner was Louie Kanstein.

 

Excerpt found on Internet, "Built by two former mayors of Tehachapi, the Beekay Theater provided entertainment for the then sleepy small town. The theater boasted the first neon sign in Tehachapi which graced an attractive poured concrete facade of fluted columns and coffered panels.

 

The decor was simple and spare, utilitarian in its simplicity. All that was important was the show on the screen. The screen went dark in the late 70's. The theater lost its marquee with a renovation that also clad the deco facade in a Victorian false front. The building was used as a mall then became the Moose Hall.

 

The theater building burned in the early 90's. The fire exposed the forgotten facade and got the citizens and city officials to thinking...hmmm, what to do with it? Thankfully, the City of Tehachapi in partnership with Tehachapi Community Theater are now in the process of reconstructing the lost theater as a new home for the popular local theater group."

 

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Taken on February 17, 2008
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