Century Stadium 14 Sacramento
1600 Arden Way,
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Previously operated by: Cinemark
Architects: Vincent G. Raney
Previous Names: Century 21 & Century 22 Theatres
News About This Theater
- May 23, 2012 — Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary
- Jun 18, 2010 — "Jaws"... Happy 35th!
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
- May 14, 2010 — Please Post Today, May 14 --- "Jaws," Happy 35th
- Aug 21, 2009 — "Alien" 30th Anniversary
- Jul 9, 2007 — TRON...Happy 25th!
- May 25, 2007 — Happy 30th, Star Wars!
This unique theater originally consisted of three dome-shaped theatre buildings. Century 21 opened on September 21, 1967 with Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” (presented in 70mm) and Century 22 opened on June 19, 1968 with Richard Harris in “Camelot”. Both were designed by architect Vincent G. Raney. Century 23 opened on August 1, 1973 with Johnny Whitaker in “Tom Sawyer”.
An additional 11-screens were added on May 27, 1994. The setup is somewhat bad. For some movies you have to walk all the way around the outside of the building where the box office is over the other building where more screens are located.
It was closed in late-2015 and demolished in January 2016. The Century Arden 14 and XD was built on the site, opening November 2, 2016 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures)
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the above link is the demolition crew bringing the dome down. this is tragic. it looked like a great place.
Here is a documentary celebrating the life and demolition of the Sacramento Century Stadium 14 domes, Camelot is shown playing inside on the screen for example, thanks Chad!…The Last Days of The Domes – MAB Telepictures Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHU7TjFt678
The guys told me they have a higher res version of the “The Last Days of The Domes” at https://vimeo.com/180076948 ,it does look and sound better…enjoy…
Century 21 opened on September 21st, 1967 with “Gone With The Wind” and Century 22 opened on June 19th, 1968 with “Camelot”. Grand opening ads posted.
Correction: Century 21 opened on November 21st, 1967 not September 21st, and Century 22 opening in 1969 not 1968 (same date). sorry for the mistake.
Century 23 opened on August 1st, 1973 and Century 24 and 25 opened on October 18th, 1974. The listings changed to Century Complex 5 in 1977 and the 6th screen opened in 1978.
1973 and 1975 grand opening ads posted.
Expanded to 14 screens on May 27th, 1994. Grand opening ad below:
Century 14 Sacramento opening Fri, May 27, 1994 – 131 · The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, California) · Newspapers.com
Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. Century 21’s lengthy run is mentioned in the piece.
Such a sad story for these theaters. Century 22 was awkwardly split in half in 1973, only five years after it opened. Century 21 suffered the same fate in 1978. The two smaller domes were added on in 1974 and survived until their demolition, in 1994 the 8 smaller auditoriums were added. I laughed out loud when that ad above was printed- “It’s everything you’ve come to expect from Century Theatres and much more” meant that it would be run incompetently as in the past film presentation was lackluster with print damage being quite common. It would have been “Spectacularly Refurbished” had they properly restored the two large domes, but they did not and I never patronized the “new” complex. Quite often the free-standing 21 dome would play the same movie in both halves.
The wall dividing Century 21 was taken down prior to demolition in order for the dome to fall more easily, this was not done with 22 and the wall stuck up like a shark fin as the dome roof was taken down and then the wall was knocked down. If they had properly restored those two domes, I would have come to see every movie played there. As it is there are no theaters in Sacramento currently that I would want to patronize on a regular basis, if at all.