The History of SonLight


The Orange Tribune
Orange, California

Orange Community Historical Society

September 2002
Number 4,

Remembering the Orange Theatre

September 26,2002
7:00 p.m.
Son Light Christian Center
Orange, California

The Orange Theatre was the entertainment center of Orange for more than two decades after it's opening on May 22, 1929.

Those years will be reviewed during the September 26, 2002 meeting of the Orange Community Historical Society to be held in the historic building now occupied by the Son Light Christian Center at 172 North Glassell Street, Orange.

Of special interest to Society President Barbara Muench Resnick, the building was completed by her grandfather, Michael Eltiste, who for many years owned the M. Eltiste Company, an International Harvester dealership, which was located across the street from the theatre.

The opening night ceremonies included a welcome by State Senator N.T. Edwards, followed by a "talkie" - the movie "Mollie and Me" starring Joe E. Brown and
Belle Bennett. Admission price was 10 cents for children, 35 cents for adults and loge seats were available for 50 cents.

Subsequent movies featured Jack Holt and Dorothy Revier in the "Donovan Affair" and Mary Pickford in "Coquette."

A tour of the building is planned for 7:00 p.m., followed by a building history presentation and round table discussion by early patrons of the theatre.

Parking is available in the rear of the building. The public is invited.


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