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Looking Back to 1920: San Miguel gets movie theatre 

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This look back at Paso Robles history comes from local newspapers in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society collection. News for this column is selected with the assistance of the society’s Vice President Nancy Tweedie and Research Director Jan Cannon.

Excerpts from Saturday, October 30, 1920, Paso Robles Star:

San Miguel to have movie theatre

Next Friday evening the people of San Miguel will witness the opening of their new motion picture theatre which will be known as the “Mission Theatre.”

It will be under the management of W.W. Walker, manager of the Bell Theatre in this city, who is converting the old Clemons Hall into a modern movie house. Clarance Bressler, who for a long time was projection engineer at the local house, will officiate, in the like capacity at the new shop, and under his direction, a fire-proof projection booth is being installed and other arrangements made that will make the new place of amusement one of which San Miguel may well feel proud.

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Two machines are being installed and all of the equipment is of the latest design. An exceptionally fine program has been secured for next Friday, the opening night, and the interest that is being displayed by the residents of San Miguel forecasts a packed house for the first night’s entertainment.

For the present the house will be open only one night a week, Friday, but at the rate San Miguel is growing it will soon justify much more frequent shows.

Local high school to publish weekly paper

Next Thursday the student body of the Paso Robles Union High School will commence the publication of a school paper to be known as “The Oak Leaf.” The paper will appear weekly.

The following staff for the publication has been selected:

  • Maria Patriquin, Editor.
  • Ethel Waite, Associate Editor.
  • Helen Waite, News Editor.
  • Wheeler McNaul, Jokes.
  • Clarence Hennessey, Calendar.
  • Andrew Ballantyne, Sports.
  • Pauline Talbott, Harold Carlson, Robert Osborne, Rollin Clemons, Reporters.
  • Ed Payne, Circulation Manager.
  • Melba Lewis, Assistant Circulation Manager.
  • Francis Reilly, Business Manager.
  • Frant Root, Assistant Manager.

“The Oak Leaf” is being printed at the Star office.

Twisselmann looked on as winner at Tuesday’s election

Despite the fact that the registration in this county is somewhat below normal, the indications are that there will be a record-breaking vote case in t his end of the county at next Tuesday’s general election.

Local interest centers around the fight for supervisor in this district and this contest will be responsible for the large vote that is expected to be polled.

Both candidates are making a strenuous though decidedly clean fight, but the general opinion seems to be that Twisselmann of San Miguel will lead Iversen, the candidate from Union, by a decided majority. Practically all agree that this city will be the real battleground of this contest, and it is here that both candidates are putting in most of their time during the closing days of the campaign.

Twisselmann had the disadvantage of a comparatively small personal acquaintance among the newer population before the primary, but during the past few weeks he has made the acquaintance of practically every voter in this city and as a result, has won the wholehearted support of many for he possesses a pleasing personality and at once impresses one that he has both the ability and desire to efficiently represent this district on the board of supervisors.

Strange as it may seem the amendments seem to be attracting more attention locally than the contests for President, senator and congressman. The greatest interest in the amendments seems to be centered around the Japanese exclusion measure, the Community Property bill and the Chiropractic bill. Everything indicates that this section will return a large majority vote in favor of the exclusion of the Japanese.

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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.