Sutter Cinema 3

754 Plumas Street,
Yuba City, CA 95993

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DavidZornig on October 16, 2019 at 1:30 am

Website for the Sutter Theater, currently in Phase 3 of their restoration.
Video in link.

richardcbiggs1 on November 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm

I was a roving Projectionist at between the Sutter and State theatres from 1966 to 1986. I seen the old one screen go to three screens. I also was the first to operate the more modern and up to date projectors. SSo sad to see these theatres to die. Didgetal pictures do not hold up as well as film presentations.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here. Looks like it’s time for me to go back and re-shoot…

LieslMcP on February 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

For the last two years or so(probably longer) the Sutter Performing Arts Association has been raising money to restore this property and turn it into a Performing Arts Center for the community. The fundraising has done really well, and they have restored the marquee and opened the side shop as an art gallery to feature local artists. The theater is looking great from the outsides, but is still undergoing a lot of the inside renovations. The main screen room is going to hold a large stage for productions, while the two smaller screen rooms will become a black-box theater and a conference room. For more information, the Sutter Performing Arts Association has a website (

GaryParks on August 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Slight detail correction to the owl story: I recently got clarification from Jack—The owls would come into the sign from the top, and nest in the space above the “S”, not actually in it. Careful examination of images of the sign would appear to confirm this.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 29, 2011 at 12:51 am

Thanks Gary Cute story,now for the one with the Rats at the Imperial….LOL.

GaryParks on July 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

A little story from my friend (and theatre photo/memorabilia archivist) Jack Tillmany, onetime manager of the Sutter: When he was there, a family of owls had a habit of nesting each year in one side of the letter “S” on the vertical sign tower. As the baby owls were learning to fly, they would break the neon tubes when coming back in for a rather clumsy landing to the nest. Both sides of the letter were on the same circuit, so for a time each year, Jack was proud manager (at night, when the sign was lit) of the “UTTER” Theatre. There was no point in trying to repair the tubing until each year’s new family of owls was gone and the letter could be cleaned up. How long this yearly ritual of owl-rearing and repeated sign repairs lasted after Jack’s managerial departure for bigger and better theatres in the Bay Area is unknown.
Another thing: My friend, neon contractor Greg King, still has some new neon tubes which he had made for the Sutter some time ago to replace old missing tubes. The theatre either closed or changed hands before they could be installed. Anyway, perhaps they could finally be installed if the theatre is going to be revived. Please contact me if that’s the case, and I can put the parties concerned in touch with Greg!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2008 at 3:45 am

Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of March 11, 1950, contained an item saying that the Sutter Theatre was nearly ready to open, and that the date would be either March 15 or March 21, depending on the timely completion of some remaining interior work.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 20, 2008 at 9:08 am

Between Cinemark and North American, whose theatre is actually going to get built to replace this one?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 19, 2005 at 10:09 am

The original seating capacity for the Sutter Theatre was 916, as given in Film Daily Yearbook;1952 edition (It’s not in the 1950 edition).

kencmcintyre on October 19, 2005 at 12:15 am

From the UCLA Digital Archive:

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valvann on October 7, 2005 at 1:41 am

Seth, did you photograph the Yuba City theater?
Where is the ticket booth, in the center, or off to once side?