Did you know that San Carlos was once home to three different movie theaters?

The Trivoli Theater at 716 Laurel Street (now Town restaurant in the Trivoli building), the Laurel Theater at 1500 Laurel Street (now home to the Laurel Apartments and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce) and, perhaps the grandest of the three, the Carlos Theater at 1224 San Carlos Avenue at Laurel Street.

First opening its doors on January 10, 1941, the Carlos Theater sat 817 people and boasted an ornate design with interior murals and art-deco architecture. The theater operated for 36 years, closing in 1977 to make way for the construction of a $6.5 million Eureka Federal Savings building (now, the SamTrans building) at 1250 San Carlos Avenue.

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