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One of the many gems we have in our town, the Chabot Theater opened on April 26, 1950. Opening day features showing starred Dan Dailey in “When Willie Comes Marching Home” and Randolph Scott in “The Nevadan”. Originally, the walls at the entrance of the theater were decorated with scenes of the Bay Area. Seating in the theater provided for 750 in orchestra and balcony levels. Once open, the Chabot quickly became the premier place to go in Castro Valley. Up until the mid- ‘70s, the Chabot was owned and operated by former Chamber of Commerce President James Toler. Following his death in 1976, the theater was passed down to his son Gerald, who ran the business into the mid-1990s. After changing hands, the theatre was then operated by the independent CineLux Theater chain. In June of 2019, Small-town Society and First Presbyterian Church of Hayward (located in Castro Valley) purchased the theater in an effort to preserve and build upon its historic legacy, continuing to make it a community asset for years to come. This past April marked the 70th Anniversary of the Chabot. An amazing feat for a theatre that is one of the few remaining single-screen cinemas in the Bay Area. Due to Covid-19 regulations, the theatre has been shuttered for many months with very little money coming in to sustain it. Anyone wanting to support the theater while it is closed by buying digital gift cards, purchasing theater merch, or through donations should visit

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