Historic Hemet Theatre draws an audience

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Inside the Historic Hemet Theatre. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Not all history is found in textbooks and on dusty archive shelves. The Historic Hemet Theatre was built in 1921 and is one of the oldest movie houses in the country. Although it has added more than just a motion-picture experience, it is the preservation of its heyday that is what visitors enjoy most. For decades, the theater was a vibrant center of the community but when multiplex theaters began to crop up in the San Jacinto Valley and home entertainment options became more affordable, small theaters suffered. New owners struggled to keep the doors open by offering timeless movie classics, as well as niche and cult movies that were not being shown on a big screen. In 2010, a fire destroyed the storefronts in an adjacent
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