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|Tehachapi Community Theatre
Built by two former mayors of Tehachapi, the BeeKay Theatre provided entertainment for the then sleepy small town. The 312 seat theatre boasted the first neon sign in Tehachapi which graced an attractive poured concrete facade of flutted columns and coffered panels.
The screen went dark in the late-1970’s. The theatre lost its marquee with a renovation that also clad the Deco style facade in a Victorian false front. The building was used as a mall then became the Moose Hall.
The theatre building burned in 1997. The fire exposed the forgotten facade and got the citizens and city officials to thinking about what to do with it? Thankfully, the City of Tehachapi in partnership with Tehachapi Community Theater set about the process of reconstructing the lost theater as a new home for the popular local theater group.
The BeeKay Theatre was ready for its close-up on December 6, 2008 after a massive renovation to the plans of architect Kevin Haub. The theatre was rebuilt as a live theatre venue and it now seats 120. The first play to be presented was “Oliver!” followed by “Catfish Moon”, Nuts" and “Sugar Bean Sisters”.
Today the theatre is operated and maintained by the Tehachapi Community Theatre who puts on several productions every year and works with local organizations on facility usage and rentals.