Nevada Theatre

401 Broad Street,
Nevada City, CA 95959

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Nevada Theatre

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The Nevada Theatre building was built in 1865.

It was remodeled in 1946 by architect A.A. Cantin, and was re-named Cedar Theatre in 1949. The Cedar Theatre closed in 1958.

It was reopened around 1977 as the Nevada Theatre

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2009 at 6:28 am

From Boxoffice, December 3, 1949: “The new Cedar Theatre will be opened November 25, according to John E. Keegan, manager for the Naify Theatre interests. Installation of projection equipment at the 630 seat house is scheduled for this week, Keegan said.”

Boxoffice of April 28, 1956, had this to say: “Vern Sandow will lease from T&D the Cedar Theatre at Nevada City. Sandow is installing a wide screen and will run his theatre seven nights a week.”

Then, from the February 17, 1958, issue of Boxoffice: “Vernon Sandow, owner of the Cedar Theatre, will cease operations March 1 because of financial loss.”

After that, I can’t find any more references to a theater in Nevada City.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

Editions of Film Daily Yearbook 1941, 1943 & 1950 list the only movie theatre operating in Nevada City as the Broadway Theatre, 409 Broad Street, with seating capacities varying from 500 to 531. The 1952 edition of FDY lists the Broadway Theatre (as detailed ) and also the Cedar Theatre with no address or seating capacity.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on March 20, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Looks like a REAL theatre in 1957. It doesn’t now. What happened??

GaryParks
GaryParks on November 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I visited this theatre in the early 1990s. It was being used for plays. Since the interior had a plain Moderne look that clearly evidenced that it had been used as a movie theatre, I asked someone there why the stylistic difference between exterior and interior? They replied that the 1940s facade had been removed in order to reveal the original, 1860s facade. I’ve seen a photo from the Steve Levin Collection (now part of the Theatre Historical Society Collection) taken by insurance photographer Ted Newman sometime around 1942-‘45 that shows the 1860s facade to have been fully intact then, save for a horozontal swing-out sign of neon, “Nevada Theatre.”

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 28, 2010 at 6:34 am

From the 1950s a photo postcard view of Broad Street along with the Cedar Theatre in Neveda City.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on January 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

“Green” film festival at the Nevada. View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

The 1912-1913 Cahn guide follows its listing of the Nevada Theatre at Nevada City with the addition of “Broadway Theatre—Pictures.” During that period, the guide usually listed movie houses at the end of the entries for a given city, following the town’s stage houses. At least in 1912, there must have been both a Nevada Theatre and a Broadway Theatre in Nevada City.

I don’t know if there was a relationship to the Broadway Theatre at 409 Broad Street listed in the FDYs in the 1940s and early 1950s. Is it possible that Broadway Theatre was never an aka for the Nevada/Cedar Theatre? 409 Broad would have been a few doors up the hill from the Nevada Theatre. The buildings on that site now look like old houses converted to shops, but they could be newer construction in a vintage style.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

This theater apparently runs as both a movie theater with a film series operated by the small Sierra Theaters chain, but it also is home to a number of live theater groups. Hence it has two official websites. The one for the theater groups staging productions there is: http://www.nevadatheatre.com/ and the one for the film series is http://sierracinemas.com/nevada.asp. {The current official website listed is a dead link).

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on December 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

And one of the guys from Buck Rogers in the 25th century works there!

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