Vacaville Theatre

308 Main Street,
Vacaville, CA 95688

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John Whyte
John Whyte on September 18, 2014 at 1:28 am

THIS SUCKS! As most of you know, I have been a big promoter of the new Deville Theater here in Vacaville. Suddenly, the doors closed today. I’m not going to speculate here, but I’ll be it has something to do with greedy promoters not wanting our “little” town to have such a great venue, with big name, great acts! Here’s the official press release from The Reporter.

Theatre DeVille closes its doors By Reporter Staff POSTED: 09/17/2014 01:09:56 PM PDT

The Theatre DeVille in downtown Vacaville has closed its doors. In a brief message through their law firm, the owners announced that the theater, at 308 Main Street, which had opened in January after a massive year-long renovation and meticulous reconstruction is canceling the remainder of its scheduled shows. “DeVille thanks all of its supporters and well-wishers that have visited the Theatre since its re-opening in January. DeVille has been committed to making the Theatre a great place for the Downtown area and all of Vacaville,” the statement reads. “While closed, DeVille will seek a new formula to make the Theatre the destination Vacaville deserves and can use while accommodating the competitive realities of the Theatre’s location between San Francisco, Sacramento and Napa.” The announcement says that anyone who has pre-purchased tickets for an event scheduled after today, “will receive a full refund.” It goes on to apologize for the “inconvenience and disappointment to its great patrons and all those who have supported it in its journey thus far” and adds that “DeVille looks forward to finding a format that works for the community and the Theatre’s neighbors while honoring the Theatre’s heritage.” DeVille officials declined comment and referred calls to their attorneys. Continue to watch for updates and look for a full story in Thursday’s print and online editions.

John Whyte
John Whyte on August 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Great time at the Deville last friday!

John Whyte
John Whyte on January 27, 2014 at 12:06 am

It’s OPEN ! First “Soft Opening” was last night….More to come….

Mikeyisirish on January 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm

That’s awesome! I can’t wait to be able to photograph this one!

JackCoursey on January 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

It is looking great and am appreciative of all of the money and effort put forth in restoring it!

John Whyte
John Whyte on January 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Check this out from The Vacaville Reporter today! (I hope this link works…The Reporter’s web site is kinda squrilly)

John Whyte
John Whyte on December 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Marque is going up today! Check the new photo!

John Whyte
John Whyte on December 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Rumor has it a late January, 2014 opening is very possible….

John Whyte
John Whyte on December 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Check this out….

John Whyte
John Whyte on November 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Juist added moe photos from the “NEW” interior…Gonna be way cool!

John Whyte
John Whyte on October 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Lots of progress. Added new photos today. Still looking at opening before the end of this year.

John Whyte
John Whyte on October 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Contractor appreciation lunch today.( 4 October 2013) We are past the half way point with the Grand Opening in sight. Thank you to all the workers kicking butt to bring Theatre DeVille to life!

John Whyte
John Whyte on September 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Progress is really moving now. New pictures today. Check ‘em out. Their hoping for a before-the-end of the year opening, and I would’t be surprised if that happens! Status on thie theater should be changed to “Re-Opening Soon”.

John Whyte
John Whyte on June 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

Did anyone catch a view of the lobby while the front face was demolished over the last couple days? Construction is coming along well. We at DeVille can’t wait to show everyone once complete. (Recent comment from DeVille on Facebook. See new photo)

John Whyte
John Whyte on June 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Progress on the restoration of this theatre is coming along nicely! Check out photos…

John Whyte
John Whyte on March 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Check This Out:

John Whyte
John Whyte on March 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Just added some new photos of the reconstuction as of 12 March 2013

John Whyte
John Whyte on February 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Just found this…

John Whyte
John Whyte on February 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

You’ll all be pleased to know that this theater is coming back to life, again. It has been gutted, and I hope plans are to restore the old girl to original as possible. It will bare the name “Theater DeVille”. The 1952 facade appears to be in the process of being removed. Anything else at this time would be a pure guess. More later…..

stevebwa on April 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I was in Vacaville on 4/14/2011 and was pleased to see the theater is still standing. It is closed, and there is paper on all of the lobby doors/windows. I was able to see into the box office, through to the office just off of the concession stand, and it does not appear that any work is going on inside.

I worked at this theater briefly around 1990, At that time the tenant, Ken Stumpf, was seeking funding to purchase and renovate the theater, but he never got it so he closed the place up.

I have photos, but the photo upload feature for this site appears to be iin upgrade mode, so I can’t add any of them.

thomasgladysz on January 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

A bit about the Clark Theatre is included in this blog at View link

Does anyone know anything further about it’s possible relation to the Strand Theatre, which preceded it in Vacaville?

kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm

The website is actually in Swedish.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2008 at 11:28 pm

This theater has not been demolished. It opened in 1926 as the Clark Theater, owned by W.J. Clark. It was purchased by the Redwood Theatres chain in 1937, according to an item in Motion Picture Herald’s April 3 issue that year. A brief item in the February 16, 1952, issue of Boxoffice Magazine mentioned that theater architect Gale (misspelled “Gail” in the magazine) Santocono was preparing plans for improvements to the Vacaville Theater, and the owner at that time was named as Dom Isabells.

In 2005, the theater was owned by an outfit called New Life Production Company, and a woman named Leatha Dillon applied for a permit to convert the balcony of the theater into a living space (I don’t know if the balcony in question is a true balcony or just a stadium seating section.) There was considerable opposition, and the city’s planning commission denied the request. The record of the meeting about Ms. Dillon’s permit application revealed that, at that time, all but about 100 of the theater’s seats had been removed.

The February, 2008 article about possible restoration of the theater, linked above by Lost Memory (and yes, LM, it is the same theater), is now behind the Vacaville Reporter’s pay wall, so I haven’t read it, and I can’t find anything else about such a project on the Internet. Apparently the future of this theater is still undecided.

Google Maps street view of the building shows that it still has its marquee, box office, and attraction poster cases, and the facade bears a sign for the web address moviechurches dot com. This URL currently fetches some unrelated site, in German.

kencmcintyre on October 8, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Here is a flyer from October 1987 advertising a well-known band: