Ignacio Theater

848 Ignacio Boulevard,
Novato, CA 94949

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Ignacio Cinema

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This is a theater in Marin County. It opened May 28, 1969 and has been closed since at least 2002.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I think this theater was actually located in Novato, California. It was in the Pacheco Plaza Shopping Center on Ignacio Boulevard. The Census Bureau classifies Ignacio under Class Code U6, which essentially boils down to meaning that their Zip Code is officially in Novato.

The Boxoffice Magazine item about the opening of the Ignacio Cinemas was datelined Novato, and gave the location of the new house as Pacheco Plaza Shopping Center. The April 21, 1969, issue of Boxoffice said that the target date for the opening of the 300-seat, single-screen theater was May 28.

Currently, the Novato Theatre Company, formerly located in the old Novato Theatre, is presenting its productions in the Pacheco Playhouse, which might occupy the premises of the former Ignacio Cinema, though I’m not at all certain it does. The playhouse is at the least located in the same shopping center the cinema was in, though.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

The part of my comment above about the Novato Theatre Company having been located in the old Novato Theatre is wrong. The Novato Theatre was to be used by another local arts organization, but that deal fell through.

jph on June 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

Yes, the current Pacheco Playhouse/home of the Novato Theatre Company is the former Ignacio Cinema, located on the very end of a currently renovating shopping complex. Function of theatre should be changed to “open”/“live”.

blocktek on May 8, 2013 at 8:23 am

Was actually named the Ignacio Theater. I was Assistant Manager from around 1979 to 1981 or so. It seated 291. I don’t think any films were presented there after 1985 or so. Although it was a martial arts studio for some time in the late 90’s, and was occupied by the Novato Theatre Company for a while, the space has been renovated, and is now home to the Woodland Pet Food Store.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm

The address for this theatre/current location is
848 Ignacio Blvd
Novato, CA 94949

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