Crest Theatre

1013 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Mikeyisirish on November 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

JohnRice on March 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

As mentioned in the post above, the closing of the two basement theatres attached to the Crest has apparently taken place in early March 2013. Even worse news for the independent/foreign/alternative film scene in Sacramento it has been announced by the Crest that the main auditorium will not be showing films 7 days a week any more. There are no films at all on the schedule for the last half of March and very little lined up for April. Looks like it will be mostly performing arts and dark days for the Crest for the foreseeable future! Not good news at all for downtown or us regional alternative to mainstream film fans. Now all we have left for that fare is the rather shabby Tower!

CSWalczak on November 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

The Crest is considering closing the additional screens that were created in a basement space in 1997. View article

CSWalczak on August 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I am sorry to have misunderstood your August 5 comment.

CSWalczak on August 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Ah, Don – I think you have your links mixed up somehow; the link you posted in the comment of of August 4, 2010 points to a postcard of the Grand theater in Grand Island, NB in the 1930s, and the link in your comment of August 5, 2010, is not a link to the Crest website, but to a postcard showing the Crest in the 1940s. The Crest’s website is listed correctly in the headnote, above.

Trolleyguy on July 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

The Crest is currently for sale.

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TLSLOEWS on April 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Interesting hisory of the fallen marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Here is a recent night photo of the Crest.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on September 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm

The Crest is having a big night October 16th (or thereabouts) for the showing off of new renovations and the anniversary of the opening by showing the first film shown there, “That Midnight Kiss” for the original opening night ticket price of 60 cents.

LouisRugani on September 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm

From BOXOFFICE, December 14, 1946:

Damage Claims of $176,344 Made After Marquee Falls

Sacramento, Calif. – Two suits for damages totaling $176,344 were filed in superior court as an aftermath of the collapse of the Hippodrome theater marquee last September 14. Damages of $100,500 were asked by the husband and parents of Mrs. Jessie Shirley Potter, 41, of Alta, who was crushed beneath the marquee. Suit for $75,844.50 was filed by Joseph Brady, 40, who said he suffered a skull fracture, broken collarbone, permanent brain injury and loss of hearing in one ear when he was hit by the falling marquee. Defendants in the actions are the Empress Theatre Co. of Sacramento, successor to the Hippodrome Theatre Co., Inc., West Coast Theatres Corp. of Northern California, Fox West Coast Theatres Corp., the Campbell Construction Co., the Physicians Building Corp. and several John Does.

LouisRugani on August 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm

The CREST succeeded the HIPPODROME theater, whose marquee had fallen, killing a woman. Since then the CREST has been a beacon for Sacramentans looking for a movie or a concert since it opened on October 6, 1949 with a gala event and the showing of “That Midnight Kiss,” starring Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza. The stars were on hand.

On the site where the CREST now sits, 1013 K St., the EMPRESS Theater vaudeville house opened in 1912. Its name later was changed to the HIPPODROME, and it became a full-time movie house in 1927.

In 1946, the HIPPODROME marquee collapsed, injuring three people and killing Mrs. R. S. Potter of Alta, in Placer County. The theater janitor said the marquee fell in “just one big drop.” The theater owners decided to gut the structure to the walls and build the CREST inside. At the peak, Sacramento boasted 26 downtown theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm

The year given for this photo of the Fox Hippodrome is 1945.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on May 1, 2009 at 10:09 am

When I worked for the Sacramento Music Circus there was an old program hanging around from the Sacramento Theatre Company that had a map of all the old theaters around downtown before 1930. The Hippodrome was mentioned and the article stated that Maude Adams flew as PETER PAN in that theater, but I don’t recall the date. I thought it was 1910, but if that was true, then the theater was actually the Empress at the time. Anyway, I think it’s cool that the original Broadway Peter Pan flew in Sacramento.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

The Crest can be seen in this recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 4, 2008 at 8:43 am

Some of the years given for these photos are questionable. According to Cinematour the name was changed to Hippodrome in 1918. If that information is accurate, the photo would have to be between 1914-18. It appears to be the same building and Empress should be an aka name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I wonder if that photo can actually be as early as 1914? Some of the cars look a bit advanced for that date. But clearly, the Empress Theater in the photo is the same the building (or at least the front of the building) that became the Hippodrome. If the Crest web site is right about the construction date of the Empress, that would push the building of the Hippodrome back to 1912, and, if Hippodrome is to be an aka for the Crest, then Empress Theater should also be an aka.

And most likely they began showing movies in this theater no later than 1920, since an organ was installed that year. I don’t think pure vaudeville houses ever bothered to install organs.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 8:17 pm

The Empress can be seen on the right in this 1914 photo. The building looks the same as the Hippodrome.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Tom DeLay’s comment of October 5, 2005, says that the organ for the Hippodrome was shipped on February 28, 1920. If it went directly to the theater then the Hippodrome was most likely opened in that year. The Crest’s official web site gives no date for construction of the Hippodrome, but only says that it converted from vaudeville to movies in the late 1920s.

The Crest web site also says that the Hippodrome’s predecessor theater, the Empress, was built in 1912 and opened in 1913. But there’s a card in the California Index headed “THEATRES—SACRAMENTO—GRAND THEATRE” that cites an item published in the regional entertainment paper, The Rounder, issue of February 3, 1912, saying “Jim Post buys the lease on the Empress Theatre, formerly the Grand.”

If this was the same Empress Theatre that was torn down to make way for the Hippodrome, then the building was older than the authors of the Crest web site think it was. And if the Empress was an older theater, merely renamed, its demolition in 1919 would make more sense than if it had been newly built in 1912.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

This is a 1927 exterior view of the Hippodrome and here is a 1932 interior photo.

The photo linked to in my previous comment gave a year of 1924 so you might want to change the first line of the introduction to read “Built in the 1920s” instead of the late 1920s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

The Hippodrome can be seen in this photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I like those neon shots too. :)