State Theatre

909 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Functions: Housing

Previous Names: Sequoia Theatre, Sierra Theatre, Newsreel Theatre

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State Theatre

The Sequoia Theatre was opened on November 22, 1910 with 600 seats. By August 1932 it had been renamed Sierra Theatre. On May 17, 1941 it became the Newsreel Theatre. It was renamed State Theatre on October 16, 1946. It operated until at least 1955. It became a restaurant for many years.

In June 2024 it was being converted into Section 8 (social) housing

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GaryParks on November 3, 2008 at 10:00 pm

I haven’t been in downtown Sacramento in about 15 years, but when I was there, I walked around to all the locations where theatres had once been, and although the theatre itself was gone, the office tower still appeared just as it is in the photo in the previous post, except that the marquee frame was being used to display signage for the Taco Bell occupying the front of the building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The January 4, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World had an item about the Sequoia Theatre. The house had opened on November 22, 1910, with 600 seats. It was exclusively a movie house, and the building was 36 feet wide by 130 feet deep, with a lobby 20 feet deep. The operator of the Sequoia was Isidor F. Morris.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

This 1913 photo shows the Sequoia Theatre on the ground floor of the Sequoia Hotel building. This 1927 photo of K Street shows the Sequoia Theatre at right. The house had become the Sierra Theatre by the time this photo was made in August, 1932.

rivest266 on April 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm

This became Newsreel on May 17th, 1941 and State on October 16th, 1946. Grand opening ads posted.

DavidZornig on February 27, 2023 at 6:03 pm

May 26, 1922 photo added credit Sacramento Bee (1976/040/182) courtesy Center for Sacramento History. As Sequoia Theatre.

DavidSimpson on July 9, 2024 at 2:31 pm

When I visited Sacramento in June 2024 the former State was being converted into Section 8 [social] housing.

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