Tower Theater

417 Vernon Street,
Roseville, CA 95678

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Magic Circle Theatre (Official)

Additional Info

Architects: David Piches, Steve Pollock

Firms: Auerbach & Associates, John Sergio Fisher & Associates

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 916.782.1777

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Tower Theater at Sunset

The Tower Theater originally opened November 7, 1940 with Lucille Ball in “Too Many Girls” and a seating capacity of 1,100. The Tower Theater was remodeled and reopened on July 1, 1955 with James Stewart in “Strategic Air Command”. It was closed in 1983. The Magic Circle Theatre operates the Tower Theatre and the nearby Roseville Theatre which is also on Vernon Street.

The group has renovated the exterior and lobby of the Tower Theatre. Since around 2002 it has used the restored theatre as a venue for performing arts. In 2010, classic movies were being screened occasionally.

Contributed by Barbara Dolder

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Very nice looking theatre.

CSWalczak on May 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm

According to this article, a venture called Mystic Cinema is now showing classic films here on an occasional basis: View link

The Mystic Cinema website is:

moviebear1 on May 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

anyone heve some interior photos to share?

CSWalczak on December 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Mystic Cinema is no longer using the Tower to show films; the theater group that was leasing the theater has also folded:
The theater may now be closed.

freebirdfilms on December 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

How can I contact them to rent it? There is no phone number? Someone please tell me. Email to

StandOutTalent on May 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The theatre is not closed; the previous occupants filed bankruptcy. In 2011, the city of Roseville unanimously voted our 501c3 in as the new permanent operators. The marquee shown above bears our company name. :)

Our website is here:

We specialize in training and production in live theatre, films, outside bookings and performance event services.

Pictures of the interior can be viewed on the website as well.

Hope this clears up any confusion. :D

StandOutTalent on May 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Also, to update the information beneath the photo: we do still screen films as well as live theatre. Our July Wednesday night series will include a drama, a romantic comedy, an action/sci fi and an 80’s flick, to be determined by viewer email write-ins and voting on Facebook under the Stand Out Talent and Tower Theatre – Roseville pages.

Screenings cost $5 admission. All concessions are $1 – $2.

Mikeyisirish on November 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

A few July 2012 photos can be seen here, here and here.

JohnRice on November 1, 2015 at 5:36 am

The Tower opened on November 7, 1940 (by coincidence only one day after I was born!). It celebrates it’s 75th anniversary on November 7, 2015 with a special program starting at 10 AM which concludes with a screening (most likely via projected DVD) of the first movie that played at the Tower, “Too Many Girls” with Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller and Desi Arnaz (according to Leonard Maltin this was when Lucy first met Desi in real life!).

rivest266 on May 2, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Held a reopening on July 1st, 1955. Grand opening ad posted.

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