1101 Alhambra Boulevard,
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Moviegoers once entered this theatre, known as the ‘Showplace of Sacramento’, through a beautiful garden with fountains. So great was its splendor that the City of Sacramento even renamed adjacent 31st Street ‘Alhambra Boulevard’ in honor of the theatre. The Alhambra Theatre was opened September 23, 1927 with Rod LaRocque in “The Fighting Eagle”. It was equipped with a Robert Morton unit 11 ranks organ.
The Alhambra Theatre was closed September 4, 1972 with “A Man For All Seasons” and “Nicholas and Alexandra” In 1973, however, the Alhambra Theatre was demolished to make way for a Safeway grocery store, catalyzing the local historic preservation movement.
Today, the only remnant of the Alhambra Theatre is a one story fountain and a plaque located on the side of the Safeway’s parking lot.
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