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Originally opened in 1947, The Ramona Theatre was comparable to any of the Art Deco cinematic palaces then operating in San Diego County, and it was certainly one of the most impressive sights ever unveiled in the then small community of Ramona.

This is back in the era when going to the movies was supposed to be an opulent experience, something special. Since then, literally thousands of America's "Grand Old Movie Palaces" have vanished.

The Ramona Theatre has survived many years, in 2003 an extensive restoration was complete, bringing her back to her original glory, and beyond. Ramona Theatre has again reclaimed her place on Main Street as the "Jewel of Ramona".

Theatre restoration is a process of romance and reality. Few projects create such widespread excitement, but it's only through creative programming and community support that these historic theatres across America will thrive after their rebirth.

Ramona Mainstage Theatre operates as a performing arts facility, presenting a diverse range of live entertainment centering on theatrical performance, music, dance, comedy and celebrity appearances in addition to showing the latest movie releases.

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