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Tagus Country Theatre
Tagus Ranch, CA
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Tagus Country Theatre
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Travel up (or down) the Highway 99 just past Tulare and you'll see an old roadside treasure standing off the old highway, looking like its best years are well past.


Tagus Country Theatre
Postcard courtesy Chet Wilson

 

The Tagus Country Theatre is located just north of Tulare and once was home to a coffee shop, lounge, and motel. Eventually, the "ranch" became a showplace, complete with live theater.

 

From the looks from the postcard image, the marquee used to show off the Motel portion of the business in bold letters. The sign also advertised the coffee shop of the business, which today is in a state of decay.

 

Back during the WWII era, the Tagus Ranch area was the site of a prisoner of war camp.

 

Tagus Country Theatre marquee close-up
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

As can be seen in the close-up shot of the marquee taken in late 2008, the marquee is a bit more beat-up these days in comparison to the photo at the left taken about 10 years ago. Check out the way the left side of the sign is peeling off, exposing the underside to the elements.

(Below) Here are more photos of the Tagus Country Theatre.

 

Tagus Country Theatre in 90's
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Tagus Country Theatre in late 2008
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

More graffiti in recent years
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

 

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