Tower Theatre

2508 Land Park Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95818

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Reading Cinemas, US (Official)

Additional Info

Operated by: Reading Cinemas

Previously operated by: Blumenfeld Theater Circuit, Landmark Theatres (USA)

Architects: William Bernard David

Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 916.442.0985

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Tower Theatre

Built in 1938, the Tower Theatre is a Sacramento landmark.

In 1974 the single screen auditorium was divided into three smaller ones. The final movie to be screened in the original audutorium was “Uptown Saturday Night” starring Sidney Poitier. The exterior, however, has remained in its original form, including still-working multi-colored neon lights.

Tower Drugs, located next door, is where retail giant Tower Records was born.

Contributed by Jeremy Sanford

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

Eric on November 7, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Although it’s a beautiful art deco gem, I hate to agree that the restroom is disgusting! Also, the sound in the main auditorium sucks!

Hockey Dude
Hockey Dude on November 8, 2007 at 7:15 pm

I grew up in and around Sac up to the age of 7, then in L.A. until just recently,( I’m 42), when I moved to Truckee, so I really got to experience many classic theaters, north and south. My dad took us kids to all the beautiful and mysterious movie houses on Broadway in L.A., and because we had cousins, aunts, uncles and friends scattered throughout the San Joaquin Valley,(including some “sweaty Armenians”), we got to see alot of the smaller but no less classic small town movie houses, some , I recall, with these cool old neons signs of Polar Bears announcing,“Cool Air Conditioned Air Inside”.
But the one theater that I remember most vividly, and with much affection, is the Tower. One summer that I stayed with some relatives, we visited the Tower almost every weekend. What a superclassic venue. I went by there recently. I hear its being threatened by the encroachment of megaplexes. I hope they save her.

HannahRoseJuceam on November 11, 2007 at 10:26 am

My husband told me the bathrooms were better last year, then they got worse and they’ve brought back the ice in the stalls. I thought the smell returned because Tower Records went under but it turns out, Tower Records doesn’t own Tower Theater.

There should be a law about treating a theater like this.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2008 at 5:47 pm

The name of the chain is misspelled at top. It is Reading Cinemas.

This is their web site.

The theater’s individual web page is still at the URL Lost Memory posted in the comment above.

Trolleyguy on July 3, 2010 at 7:05 am

The Tower Theater complex is for sale:

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jessacarillo on February 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I grew up in the suburbs and only enjoyed watching movies in the megaplex’s. Now that I’m a little older and have moved into midtown Sac, I have found a deep place in my heart for theaters like the Tower, Crest and Guild. If there is a movie out and I want to see it. The first place I look is at the Tower. Yes it’s old and run down and most of the employee’s there have no appreciation for what the theater is to this town but It’s a theater with history.

Maybe one day I will have the funds to purchase this theater and restore it to it’s former beauty. Until then, I will enjoy it for what it is and give it as much business as possible.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

A few 2012 photo can be seen here and here.

JohnRice on October 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I first moved to Sacramento in 1962 and have many fond memories of the single screen Tower where I enjoyed such first run attractions as “Charade”, “Lilies of the Field”, “The Great Escape” and “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Like so many other once grand theatres, separating it into 3 theatres pretty much destroyed the interior charm of the Tower but at least it still stands and looks pretty much the same from the outside. The dreary interior could use a major overhaul but I don’t expect to see that anytime soon. Since the Crest stopped regular film programming it’s the only place in town to see indie and foreign films nowadays which is pretty pathetic for such a big metropolitan area as Sacramento.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

The Tower Theatre will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Monday, October 11, 2013. Here is the story in today’s Sacramento Bee.

8traxrule on April 27, 2023 at 8:35 pm

The theater was triplexed in 1974- Uptown Saturday Night was the last movie to play in the full auditorium.

I ran film here briefly in 1993 mainly as a favor to someone, but felt bad doing it. The two lower theaters didn’t even have stereo, yet they were showing movies that weren’t played elsewhere. I’ve heard that recently they’ve had shows sell out, so they really ought to restore it back and add on more screens externally if needed. I won’t see movies here until that happens. It’s likely protected from being demolished in any case, but its current state is the next-worst thing.

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