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The Stamm — 11 Comments

  1. The Stamm mural sketch looks great onscreen, Jim. Thanks! And by looking at the faint smudges on the walls in the grainy photo, I can recognize some of the shapes of the figures. So happy to have this early 1990s drawing rescued from the obscurity of my sketchbook. Gary Lee Parks

  2. One more comment–this about the El Campanil. I don't know when the Wurlitzer organ at the El Campanil was removed, or what happened to the whole instrument, but the swell shades (wooden louvers which control the volume at the front of the organ chambers)still survive. They are in operation as part of the Wurlitzer organ in the Golden Sate Theatre in Monterey. The organ itself is originally from the Fox Parkside Theatre in San Francisco. So a part of the organ from Antioch is still functioning in Monterey!

  3. Thanks for the info, Anonymous. I wonder if the El Camp's organ was parted out like that to refurbish other instruments the way the swell shades did that one in Monterey. (It gives a new meaning to the phrase "organ donor.") And I wonder what (if anything) became of the interior of the Stamm — the plush sofas in the lounge, that Gulistan carpet, etc. (I presume those auditorium murals were scraped off the walls and carted out as rubble.) My cousin tells me that at least some of the Stamm's theater seats ended up in his lodge hall there in Antioch.

  4. And Gary, thanks for the kind words, and thanks again for letting me share your sketch with my readers; can't tell you what a nostalgia trip it was for me to see that picture so perfectly reproduced.

  5. Jim,

    Thanks so much for this post. As a boy in the early 60's I often enjoyed the murals as much as the movie. I was (still am) enchanted by them. Any idea who the artist was?

  6. Sorry, Piercival, no clue who the artist might have been. The Motion Picture Herald article mentions the murals but doesn't name the artist. I rather suspect the Stamm family didn't bother to keep any such records, and if they didn't, who would?