Amador Theatre

117 Main Street,
Jackson, CA 95642

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Architects: Alexander Aimwell Cantin, Alexander Mackenzie Cantin

Styles: Art Deco

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Amador©...Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis

Located across Main Street from the Globe Club and hotel which still stands in 2023. Opened in 1939, the Amador Theatre in Jackson was designed by father & son architects Alexander Aimwell Cantin & Alexander McKenzie Cantin, who in 1945 formed the architectural firm Cantin and Cantin. The Amador Theatre was still open in 1957. It has since been demolished and the site is a parking lot.

There was another theatre operating into the 1930’s in Jackson named the Jackson Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 10, 2006 at 10:49 pm

It seems like Jackson’s other theatre the 500 seat capacity Jackson Theatre was closed for quite some time, as it is also listed as ‘Closed’ in Film Daily Yearbook’s;1941 and 1943 editions.

In the 1950 and 1952 editions of F.D.Y. only the 744 seat capacity Amador Theatre is listed.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 10, 2006 at 10:59 pm

I omitted to mention that the Amador Theatre is listed as open in 1941 & 1943.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 11, 2006 at 12:38 pm

According to this page, “About the Sutter Creek Theatre”, there were four Ratto Theaters in Amador County, owned by John F. Ratto, a Sutter Creek businessman. They were in Plymouth, Ione, Jackson and Sutter Creek. The only former Ratto Theater known to be still standing is the one which is now the Sutter Creek Theater, built in 1919. The page says that the Jackson Ratto building was destroyed by a fire in 1998.

The Jackson Ratto Theater was located at 149 Main Street (this from a 2006 report on pollution hazards which lists its location as having a leaking underground storage tank.) A small photo of the Jackson Ratto in the 1930’s appears on this page. The building in the photo does not resemble the Amador Theatre in the photo to which ken mc linked just above.

kencmcintyre on July 12, 2006 at 5:39 am

Here is the owner of the Jackson theater in the 1930s:


Andrew L. Pierovich, one of the able and successful members of the Amador county bar, is the present city attorney of Jackson, and is honoring his county by his splendid professional service. He was born in Jackson, June 22, 1895, a son of Andrew and Kate (Glavich) Pierovich. The father was a seafaring man, who came around the Horn to California and in the early ‘70s came to Jackson, Amador county. For a number of years he engaged in mining and then turned his attention to the hotel business, which he followed successfully until his death, in 1919. His widow is still living in Jackson. They became the parents of two sons and three daughters, but one daughter is now deceased.

Andrew L. Pierovich attended the public and high schools of his native community and then entered St. Mary’s College, at San Francisco, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1917. During the World war he joined the United States Navy, in which he served for eighteen months. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged and returned home, and for a while had charge of his father’s business after the latter’s death. He then entered the law school of the University of California and won the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1922. Admitted to the bar, he practiced his profession in San Francisco until 1926, when he returned to Jackson and has since been engaged in practice here, though still maintaining his office connections in San Francisco. He is an able, successful and dependable attorney and is serving as city attorney of Jackson.

Politically Mr. Pierovich is a democrat and is interested in everything that concerns the prosperity and advancement of his community. He belongs to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Knights of Columbus (third degree), the American Legion and the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is very fond of the mountains, and fishing and hunting are his favorite forms of recreation. He has prospered in his individual affairs and he and a partner own the Jackson theater, a modern and well equipped motion picture house, in which are presented the latest talking pictures. He is known as a man of progressive ideas and in civic affairs is a leader, giving freely of his time and efforts for the welfare of the community in which he lives. He commands a large law practice and is numbered among Amador county’s representative citizens.

History of the Sacramento Valley California Biographical, Vol. III by Major J. W. Wooldridge, Chicago: The Pioneer Historical Society Publ. Co., 1931

pp 16-17

Transcribed by Kathy Sedler ©, September 2004

kencmcintyre on July 12, 2006 at 5:41 am

Guido Deiro played at the Amador in 1938. Everybody flick your lighters:

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2007 at 8:00 am

Guido’s link has gone to internet heaven. Too bad.

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2007 at 10:07 am

I did not know that. Thanks for rescuscitating him.

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