Colonial Theater

3522 Stockton Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95818

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Colonial Theatre

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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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jayron
jayron on December 22, 2002 at 11:24 pm

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
AlanSmithee on May 5, 2004 at 2:19 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
Backseater on October 5, 2005 at 8:29 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 23, 2006 at 8:05 am

This is a photo of the Colonial Theater in Sacramento.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 17, 2008 at 4:14 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
JohnRice on July 5, 2008 at 11:25 am

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
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

Aleacat21
Aleacat21 on September 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

Does anybody know who owns the theatre today???

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