Nevada Theatre

401 Broad Street,
Nevada City, CA 95959

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Operated by: Sierra Cinemas

Previously operated by: T & D Jr. Enterprises

Architects: Alexander Aimwell Cantin

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Broadway Theatre, Cedar Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 530.265.6161

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Nevada Theatre

The Nevada Theatre building was built in 1865.

It was remodeled in 1946 by architect A.A. Cantin, and was re-named Cedar Theatre in 1949. The Cedar Theatre closed in 1958.

It was reopened around 1977 as the Nevada Theatre

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

larrygoldsmith on March 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Looks like a REAL theatre in 1957. It doesn’t now. What happened??

GaryParks on November 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I visited this theatre in the early 1990s. It was being used for plays. Since the interior had a plain Moderne look that clearly evidenced that it had been used as a movie theatre, I asked someone there why the stylistic difference between exterior and interior? They replied that the 1940s facade had been removed in order to reveal the original, 1860s facade. I’ve seen a photo from the Steve Levin Collection (now part of the Theatre Historical Society Collection) taken by insurance photographer Ted Newman sometime around 1942-‘45 that shows the 1860s facade to have been fully intact then, save for a horozontal swing-out sign of neon, “Nevada Theatre.”

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm

From the 1950s a photo postcard view of Broad Street along with the Cedar Theatre in Neveda City.

Trolleyguy on January 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

“Green” film festival at the Nevada. View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 10, 2011 at 12:19 am

The 1912-1913 Cahn guide follows its listing of the Nevada Theatre at Nevada City with the addition of “Broadway Theatre—Pictures.” During that period, the guide usually listed movie houses at the end of the entries for a given city, following the town’s stage houses. At least in 1912, there must have been both a Nevada Theatre and a Broadway Theatre in Nevada City.

I don’t know if there was a relationship to the Broadway Theatre at 409 Broad Street listed in the FDYs in the 1940s and early 1950s. Is it possible that Broadway Theatre was never an aka for the Nevada/Cedar Theatre? 409 Broad would have been a few doors up the hill from the Nevada Theatre. The buildings on that site now look like old houses converted to shops, but they could be newer construction in a vintage style.

Mikeyisirish on December 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

CSWalczak on December 2, 2012 at 12:59 am

This theater apparently runs as both a movie theater with a film series operated by the small Sierra Theaters chain, but it also is home to a number of live theater groups. Hence it has two official websites. The one for the theater groups staging productions there is: and the one for the film series is {The current official website listed is a dead link).

Mikeyisirish on December 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

And one of the guys from Buck Rogers in the 25th century works there!

DavidZornig on September 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Mid `50’s street scene photo added courtesy of Joel Windmiller. Cedar Theatre on the far left.

Trolleyguy on September 2, 2015 at 6:48 am

Website link is broken. Here is correct website:

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