Esquire IMAX Theatre

1219 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Esquire Theater at is Passing (gutted)

The Esquire Theatre was operated by Blumenfeld Theatre in 1941. Taken over by the Pussycat Theatres chain from 1974 to the early-1980’s. It was twinned in the early-1980’s and then turned into offices.

The theatre is now once again showing movies, with the IMAX format, and includes first run 3D features in its programming.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

augdog on October 12, 2004 at 7:47 pm

My dad worked next door to the Esquire at Robert’s Fish Grotto, a seafood restaurant for over 20 years. He would get free tickets every once in a while to the Esquire and at time the Encore theatre that was on the other side of the Esquire. The Encore was much smaller and played more obscure films. Across the street was the Star theatre. I remember that they played at one point more adult oriented films, then in the mid seventies it was a Kung Fu movie place. Since there were so many movie places on K street, and before Sacramento decided to block and shut K street and redeisgn it into a “mall”, many people had a great choice of theatres. When the downtown area started to deteriorate and movie complexes started to take over the suburbs, the Esquire did twin itself, but management could not take care of it too well. The theatre would run 2nd and third run movies, double features for .75 cents etc. and the clientele became very shady. this was about the time that most of K street was in disrepair and many theatres started to get demolished (the Star, the Encore, The Fox etc). Out of all of these, the Crest is the only one that has survived and continues to show movies.

ner on March 7, 2005 at 9:11 pm

It’s not much, but a portion of the old Star Theatre can be seen in this 1983 image of K Street Mall: View link

mireya on March 15, 2005 at 11:48 am

my name is mireya gomez I am not a member yet but could I get a map of the Sacramento Downtown Imax Theater

Coate on March 22, 2007 at 1:33 am

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.

KingBiscuits on December 3, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Phantasm and Every Which Way But Loose. That’s one interesting double feature.

JCL on April 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Re: Posting above by Bob Koch…If you are still around, let me know. I met you years ago when I was a young ‘pup’ just getting started in ‘theatre management’, (1950) in Sacramento. You seemed to ‘pop’ up ‘servicing’ in every area I went to work. Started at the ‘California’ and ‘Studio’ in Sacto. Later in Chico; Modesto; Alameda. Hope to hear from you for ‘shop talk’. J. Lewis JCL

Mikeyisirish on November 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

A few November 2013 photos can be seen here and here, and a 2011 photo is here.

DavidZornig on May 9, 2017 at 5:44 am

1968 photo added courtesy of Bill Kelder‎.

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