Towne Theater now stands where Hester theater once stood. And the Hester was the first neighborhood theater in San Jose.The current facade that adorns the theater is from 1952.
The theater showed adult movies through the 70s and 80s, but in 1980 San Jose banned all adult entertainment businesses from operating within 500 yards of a school. (And Hester Elementary School is just across the street). The theater showed foreign and independent films for a while and now shows Indian movies.
I’d love to find out more about this really wonderful scrollwork-like design that adorns the front of the theater. And whether there’s anything to the theory that the green scalloped disc behind the scrollwork was once adorned with giant painted California poppies. So if you know more about this theater, I’d love to hear from you.
1433 The Alameda