Encore Theatre

1227 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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The Encore Theatre (formerly Studio Theatre and Capri Theatre) was next door to the Esquire Theatre on Sacramento’s K Street in downtown Sacramento. It featured both first and second run features and later pornography (as part of the Pussycat chain) during it’s life span from 1947 to 1975.

Like it’s next door neighbor the Esquire Theatre, it was basically demolished in the late-1990’s. However the facades of both theatres were built into the replacement Esquire Plaza office building. Behind the facade is a restaurant currently known as the Esquire Grill.

Contributed by JohnRice

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JohnRice
JohnRice on July 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Hardly one of the great movie palaces the Encore was still an attractive and comfortable small theatre to see first run films when I was living in Sacramento in the 1960’s. As I recall they had some long exclusive runs of films like “Tom Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia” (not the best venue for that one since the Encore was only equipped for 35mm projection on a relatively small wide screen).

One vivid personal memory of attending the Encore for me was on the Sunday after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Jack Ruby had just in turn killed Lee Harvey Oswald that morning, which I witnessed on live TV. Like so many of us I was in a state of semi-shock and felt I just had to get out of the house so I headed to downtown Sacramento to see a movie. There must have been nothing good at the Crest or Fox Senator or even the World grind house because I ended up at the Encore where the main feature was “The Sky Above, the Mud Below”, a documentary about native people New Guinea, hardly the kind of escapism I was looking for on that dreary Sunday afternoon!

loochow
loochow on September 10, 2014 at 7:20 am

This was a kung fu grindhouse in the mid to late 70’s.

loochow
loochow on September 15, 2014 at 7:32 am

This theater is listed in the wrong location .It should be Downtown Sacramento not Midtown.

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