Colonial Theater

3522 Stockton Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95818

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Colonial Theatre

Originally opened as a movie theatre in June 1940. Recent attempts have been made to redevelop the neighborhood around the Colonial Theatre, which has been in somewhat of a decline, but there has been little success.

Today, it remains open and is used as a venue for live performances.

Contributed by Jeremy Sanford

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scottfavareille on June 1, 2002 at 11:48 am

This theater ran adult films in the 1970’s.

jayron on December 23, 2002 at 1:24 am

Obscure “professional” wrestling organizations hold matches at the Colonial. Everyone in Sacramento should treat themselves at least once in their lives to one of these spectacles.

AlanSmithee on May 5, 2004 at 4:19 pm

Had a new projection system installed in 1993, don’t know if it’s still there. Haven’t seen films advertised for a while.

Backseater on October 5, 2005 at 10:29 pm

I saw a few soft-core pornos there while stationed at Mather AFB in 1968-69.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Recent photos and 1940 opening information here.

The architect was Herbert E. Goodpastor. The contemporary report calls the building “a modern version of colonial style” but it looks like ordinary Art Moderne to me.

Opening date was June 7, 1940. Seating capacity was given as 856. The theatre was independently owned.

JohnRice on July 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

The Colonial was running softcore pin up nudie films in the mid 1960’s. I believe it was the first Sacramento theater to break the full frontal nudity barrier with these films. Softcore films of course later turned to hardcore as they did at almost all of the adult theaters in the country. I’d almost forgotten about this theater until I read that Sacramento theater (Crest, Guild) impresario Matias Bombal was programming classic movies again at the Colonial. That policy was unfortunately short lived, just as it was at the Guild. I believe that was sometime in the late 1990’s. It’s nice to know that at least the building still stands.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

Aleacat21 on September 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

Does anybody know who owns the theatre today???

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