Tower Theatre

2508 Land Park Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95818

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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.

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.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

A few 2012 photo can be seen here and here.

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.

Trolleyguy on July 3, 2010 at 7:05 am

The Tower Theater complex is for sale:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Here are some 1982 photos:




Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Here is some recent Tower neon.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Here is a September 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2008 at 11:37 am

Here is the website for the Tower Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 12, 2008 at 8:06 pm

This is a recent night view.

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.

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.

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!

loside316 on November 7, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Gosh Ms. actionjacksonsacfilmlady, what a reactionary you are. You have absolutely failed to understand what I was trying to convey in my post as well as demonstrated to all that are reading you possess a total lack of intellect and on top of that be a bit of a bigot yourself by the assumptions you’ve made about me. To set the record straight, I didn’t just come from Des Moines or Middle America or any Red State and I’ve lived in the Oak Park area for a good portion of my life. In my post I never mentioned anything about the ethnicity of the staff at Tower but the inappropriate manner in which some of them conducted themselves. (The “sweaty Armenian” just happened to be sweating profusely wearing a sleeveless half-shirt bearing the slogan “Mer Hayrenik” across the front. My wife is Armenian, thats how I knew what the slogan said. She sweats profusely every night after I’m done with her! LOL!) Movie Theatres are a business and with any other business you want to make sure you have the best possible staff and know how to behave appropriately. I’m sure if you ran a theatre you wouldn’t want your employees showing up to work with a rag and shoe lace on their heads. I’m sure you wouldn’t be happy about the disgusting washrooms or popcorn scattered everywhere while your staff chooses to lounge around screaming, cursing and playing games. And I really doubt you’d be pleased if someone were making advances on your boyfriend or husband right in front of you while he’s just tryng to order you popcorn and soda. You can’t possibly believe that’s a proper way to run a business. And as for the “N” word, even if it’s among African-Americans, it’s not very professional to speak in that kind of language in the work place. Do what you want in your home but the rest of us don’t want to be subjected to that kind of garbage.

KJB2012 on November 7, 2007 at 11:39 am

I’ve never been to the movies in Sacto. I find the show over at Arnold’s office more exciting. However the image of the “Sweaty Armenian” is a hoot. I mean I can see that on Saturday Night Live.
I am, though, rather alarmed to hear that the staff at the Tower is made up of “college-educated, bookish nerds”. Did they all go to Berkeley?
I suggest that the Tower hire a bunch cool, L.A. kids, so the “bookish nerds” can slip back into the library. HA!

sacfilmlady on November 7, 2007 at 9:36 am

loside316, you are a delusional racist. Sweaty Armenian? Gang gear like silk rags? All of the people who work at Tower are movie buffs and most of them are college-educated, bookish nerds. Tattoos and piercings are pretty normal for young people now, and if a black person is wearing a silk rag on his or her head, it’s probably because they’re having a bad hair day. It has nothing to do with gang affliations. The Tower may not be perfect, but it’s impossible that any of the claims you’re making could even remotely be true.

wulfgar64 on November 1, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Haven’t been to the Tower Theater in 15 plus years, but these times aren’t necessarily changing for the better. Never had a negative experience there, but you should try going to the theaters down in Southern California. They make Sacto theaters seem like heaven. Hope that the Tower Theater never has to go the way of the Alhambra.

terrywade on August 10, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Can anyone tell me did the Tower have the D-150 curved screen at a time?

henderson on July 21, 2007 at 2:20 pm

I spent 1971-1976 at McClellan Air Force Base, then Mather Air Force base, 1978-1982 and only once did I make the trek to the Tower Theater.. Boy do I regret it. I saw “Das Boot” there in 1981. Sound system was great and the building was a real treasure. I only wish I could have seen more movies there and not at the “Mega-Plexes”…..

loside316 on June 28, 2007 at 8:33 pm

Recently I went to the Tower Theatre for the first time in a while and was shocked to see how sloppy and disorganized everyone was. I knew I was in trouble when my date and I approached the concession stand and the sweaty Armenian attandant started hitting on her. Totally disrespectful and akward. Then we were given the wrong directions by the ticket ripper (name tag just said “SMOKES!”) who didn’t seem to know which movies were playing where. Later on I witnessed two employees in a waiting area playing video games and fixing each other’s hair. On our way out through the lobby ushers were lounging around talking out loud yelling swear and racial slurs like the “N” word. Also, I noticed the appearance of piercings, tattoos and gang gear like silk rags on their heads. The first time I went to the Tower in 1949, the staff was clean, couteous and knowledgeable. Now it looks as though they’ve recruited the staff from a nearby correctional facility.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 31, 2007 at 6:21 am

Here are some recent photos of the Tower Theater. Click each photo to expand it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2005 at 5:39 am

This is a photo of the Tower Theater marquee.

ksola on April 24, 2005 at 10:11 pm

I think that Sacramento could support more than one movie theatre showing independent movies. Look at the Bay Area — there are several independent movie theatres literally blocks away from each other, and very close to megaplexes. If downtown was revitalized, then people might be more willing to visit Tower Theatre as well. I recently returned to Sacramento from living in the Bay Area for almost ten years, and I was very disappointed to see how Tower has deteriorated. The facade is dirty and unappealing. Also, the movies being offered are not too interesting, and I am a fan of indies. Reading Entertainment needs to invest in their own business instead of holding the Sacramento City Council hostage. Clean it up!