Manor Theatre

5657 Stockton Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95824

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Architects: Herbert E. Goodpastor

Functions: Storage

Styles: Quonset Hut, Rustic

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Manor Theatre

The Manor Theatre opened on October 15, 1948 with June Haver in “Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!”. It was located in the Fruitridge Shopping Center at Stockton Boulevards and Fruitridge Road, in Sacramento’s Fruitridge Manor district. The theatre was set back from the street behind a parking lot. Although the auditorium was in a quonset hut building, the front of the theatre was designed in a western ranch style, to match the other buildings in the center.

In lieu of a marquee, the Manor Theatre had a two-sided attraction board rising from a brick planter that extended from the front of the building. The entrance doors opened onto an extension of the shopping center’s covered walkway, which was supported by round, wooden columns. Rustic features of the interior included lobby paneling of combed plywood, painted antique green with gold highlights.

The Manor Theatre was designed by Sacramento architect Herbert E. Goodpastor, who had also designed the Colonial Theatre a couple of miles north on Stockton Boulevard.

The theatre spent its last years operating as an XXX Rated adult theatre and was closed in 1988. The building was still equipped to show movies when the business was offered for sale in the classified section of several issues of Boxoffice Magazine early that year.

In 2017 the building is in use as a FedEx shipping center.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

hiphats on April 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

The picture shows that the Manor did operate through most of the 1970s and maybe the beginning of the ‘80s. It was a porno house (XXX). Sad, isn’t it?

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on April 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I remember this place. As a kid I remember driving past it often. I always wanted to go in, but of course they weren’t showing Disney films at that point. I love the style of the exterior—very California.

bago1 on April 28, 2010 at 4:21 am

i lived in Sacramento for a breif time in the mid 90s and i remember going to rent movies right next door to were this Theater used to be at video studio 6 . i iremember looking at the building and wondering if there was a theater in this building . and i finally seen that it was . havn’t been to Sacramento in years just wondering if the video store is still there .

scottfavareille on April 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

The Manor started showing XXX fare in the early 1970s.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on July 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

Does anyone know if this building still stands today and what business occupies it? I haven’t been to the area in 15 years.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

This is from BUSINESS JOURNAL in 1998, but I don’t think anything came of it for this theatre:

Ten years ago, Warren Ilsohn and Jean Mulleian, the owners of the Fruitridge Shopping Center on Stockton Boulevard, were forced to close the aging Manor Theatre.

The theater was built in the 1940s and badly needed renovation. But lenders wouldn’t touch it. “We got numerous excuses,” Ilsohn said. “Some said it was the wrong area. They gave us the runaround.”

Now the Manor Theatre and other properties like it in the Stockton Boulevard Redevelopment Area may get a new lease on life.

Bank of America has launched a two-year pilot program to put its considerable heft behind a plan to build up the neighborhood. The state’s largest bank is committing itself to reaching out to businesses, property owners and residents who need low-interest loans to make improvements and build equity.

Read more: Reviving Stockton Boulevard – Sacramento Business Journal

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on July 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

This website lists the theatre at
5677 Stockton Blvd and a recent photo shown there shows a nondescript building standing there, but you can see it’s the Manor Theatre—waiting to be lived in again.

Frankstone001 on March 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Dam…. the Manor Theater was the hang out from 1965 through 1969! Monte Pitts and I would load up on the Jade East cologne and go hunting for the ladies….hahaaa!

Frankstone001 on July 17, 2017 at 12:13 am

Dang, I can’t believe that more people haven’t commented about the good times they had when they were younger and seeing movies at this theater. For us guys attending Joseph Bonnheim elementary school, this was the place to hookup with your 5th or 6th grade lady friend…..Ha-ha!!!!! To be a kid again…..wouldn’t that be great!!!!!

rivest266 on April 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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