KIRK THEATER –
The Bakersfield Californian reported in May of 1915 that the first public meeting to be held in Atolia was held at the Kirk Theater to decide to take the necessary steps to make Atolia an incorporated city. The theatre not only served as the local movie house but also as the social gathering spot for the town. In here were held the graduation exercises for the eighth grade in 1916 with Gladys Starr, Eleanor Coleman, Gertrude Schoonmaker and Ethel Bertino receiving their diplomas. Mrs. Jewell and Miss Hazel Walters were the teachers.
April 28, 1916: “Atolia’s second moving picture theatre owned by Alter, Paye, and Shipsey, Kern County boys, will be opening in a few days.” –Bakersfield Californian