Colonial Theater

3522 Stockton Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95818

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Aleacat21 on September 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

Does anybody know who owns the theatre today???

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

scottfavareille on June 1, 2002 at 9:48 am

This theater ran adult films in the 1970’s.