Century Stadium 14 Sacramento

1600 Arden Way,
Sacramento, CA 95825

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Century Stadium 14 Sacramento

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This unique theater originally consisted of two dome-shaped theater buildings which opened as the Century 21, designed by architect Vincent G. Raney.

An additional twelve screens have now been added. The setup is somewhat bad. For some movies you have to walk all the way around the outside of the building where the box office is over the other building where more screens are located.

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AlanSmithee
AlanSmithee on April 30, 2004 at 3:03 am

The original large dome theatres were wonderful, but were both cut in half more than 25 years ago. I hope they have the sense to restore them back to the way they were- it makes me sad to drive by them now. It’s the area’s oldest first-run theatre, having opened with the front dome in 1967, the second one in 1968, adding the 2 smaller domes in 1974 and twinning the second dome, other dome was twinned in 1978 and 8 new theatres were added in 1994. I won’t go to any of them until they bring back the 2 big domes though.

RobertR
RobertR on April 30, 2004 at 8:31 am

Were these Cinerama or d-150 theatres?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 30, 2004 at 1:05 pm

I don’t believe any of the domes were built for Cinerama or D-150. The Century 21 in San Jose was built for 3-Strip Cinerama but it was never installed.

AlanSmithee
AlanSmithee on April 30, 2004 at 3:51 pm

Both large domes had 70mm when they opened- the 21 opened with the reissue of “Gone With The Wind”, and the 22 opened with “Camelot”. I don’t know what the last films shown in them before they were twinned were. One of the smaller domes also has 70mm, though it hasn’t been used since “True Lies”.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 7, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Vincent Raney was the architect for these theatres.

slyfence
slyfence on November 6, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I don’t understand. Is this a different theater than the Century theater down the street on Ethan avenue with dome shaped theaters? Because that one has a different name and location.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2007 at 7:10 pm

It’s the same theatre. The page needs to be updated.

Century Stadium 14 Sacramento

The correct address and telephone number:
1590 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 922-4241

The number of screens is 14, of course.

It is now owned by Cinemark, which swallowed up most of the Century chain.

And of course we can add Scott Neff’s information that the architect was Vincent G. Raney.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 6, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Oy, this location is so hard to describe to people who haven’t been there. This listing for the Century 21 Theatre is now considered to be screens 13 & 14 of the Century Stadium 14, but is a separate building than the other 12 screens.

These two screens are essentially the original Century 21 theatre, and were operated independently of the 12-screen “Complex” until about 2003.

The other twelve screens are part of the original Century 22 theatre, which started as a single dome, then had two smaller domes added similar to the Century 22 in San Jose. At some point, the large dome of Century 22 Sacramento got split in half, and when they expanded the complex in 1996? they added 8 more screens and a new entrance, box office, snack bar and restrooms.

So technically I suppose this listing is correct. Another listing should be created for the Century 22 Sacramento/Century Complex Sacramento/Century Stadium 14(12) Sacramento.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2007 at 9:56 pm

Cinemark advertises the whole complex as a single operation called Century Stadium 14 Sacramento, and I don’t know of any open theatres listed on Cinema Treasures that aren’t listed under their current operating name (unless they’ve not yet been updated, of course.) I don’t know of any open theatres operating as single complex that are listed on two separate CT pages (except by accident) either.

I guess the mods will have to decide what their policy will be about this complex and its peculiar arrangement. I’d be inclined to just list it under its current name and then have a single paragraph describing the situation of its orphaned building. But right now this page is like a tail wagging its dog.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 7, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Whether a company advertises two theatres as one, while historically significant to the way we’ll remember it, seems irrelevant to me. It’s still two separate theatres. In San Jose the domes are referred to as “Movies on Winchester” but they’re 4 separate buildings and four separate theatres.

But yes, I agree, the mods will need to decide on this.

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