Unique Theatre

28 E. Santa Clara Street / San Jose. CA

The Unique Theater was opened by Sid Grauman in 1903. He was then twenty years old.
The theater was used for vaudeville and silent films.
Reportedly the ticket taker and custodian was Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
The theater was destroyed after the 1906 earthquake.

(Ken McIntyre)

The exact location of this theatre was on Santa Clara Street, right where that street’s facade of
the old c. 1924 Bank of Italy (later Bank of America) tower stands.
This can be proven by the fact that the facade visible to the Left of the theatre facade in the oft-published
post-earthquake photo of 1906 is a building that stands
today, right next to the Bank of Italy tower.

(Gary Parks)

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