Senator Theatre

517 Main Street,
Chico, CA 95928

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Senator Theatre 2012

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The Senator Theatre opened in 1927 as a 1,400-seat vaudeville and movie house. It was operated by T & D Jr. Enterprises chain.

In 1978, the theatre was purchased by United Artists. The company quickly sectioned off the balcony to create a second screening room, making the theater a twin.

The Senator Theatre was restored in 2001 and later reopened as a performing arts center. The restoration removed the artificial wall that was added in the twinning process and the theatre now seats almost 1,000 — making it one of the largest venues of its kind in the area. The lobby of the historic theatre is still intact and contains the original murals and chandelier.

The theatre mainly hosts concerts today. It is also currently for sale.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

spazela
spazela on July 9, 2007 at 3:50 pm

The Senator Theatre in downtown Chico has been recently restored and is currently for sale. For more information, history, info on the designer, and photos please check out www.senatortheatreforsale.com
Thanks!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 5, 2007 at 9:49 pm

noww on loopnet for $5,250.00

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Still listed for sale at 5.25 million. Here is another photo:
http://tinyurl.com/238ukm

atkinkd
atkinkd on August 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

Anyone have any interior pictures? i have seen the CSUC collection and it was great, however it would be nice to see more extensive collection. Also, anyone interested in seeing the Seanator restored completely?

WJCoady
WJCoady on February 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I read the other day in the Chico paper that the El Rey is open again for special showings mostly on weekends. It seems unlikely that it will be converted to office space after all. If you get a chance go! The inside is amazing!

bkazmer
bkazmer on March 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I had forgotten that train in the middle of the street. I saw it in the 60s and in the 1984 photo above. Does this still happen. We were in the military when we saw it….probably 1966 or so. We did go to the Senator too!

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

A few 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

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