Colusa Theatre

513 Market Street,
Colusa, CA 95932

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Functions: Special Events

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 530.458.5777
Manager: 530.458.5777

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Colusa Theatre

The Colusa Theatre opened on May 15, 1931 with Jack Oakie in “The Dude Ranch”. It was located in premises which had previously been the Sargent Mercantile Building. It was severly damaged in a fire on October 1946 and was renovated in August 1947. It continued until closure came in 1995. Renovation work began in 1996 and it reopened soon after.

This rather boxy facade has a very nice marquee which features interesting neon on the bottom. Curiously, it displays no name on the outside. It appears that there were signs at either end. The entire street level is faced with fancy tiles. The Colusa Theatre was closed March 6, 2017.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

JayHouse on February 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

In fact, I just went to the Universal Studios link Joe posted and it clearly says that ‘the exteriors were all shot on the Universal backlot.’ But one of the pictures it shows is actually shot in Colusa- you can see the stone drugstore and orange trees I mentioned in the background!

CSWalczak on September 1, 2010 at 1:23 am

This theater is in serious danger of closing: View link

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on September 16, 2012 at 3:20 am

Theater now for sale $350,000

Dramatrauma on November 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

The Colusa is having a “Digital or Die” campaign on Kickstarter. Without an upgrade to digital projection the Colusa could close.Donate Today!

JayHouse on November 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I contributed and will put it on the Jay House Facebook page. If you need a place to put someone up for a live fundraiser or an item for an auction, I’ll be happy to donate nights at Jay House vacation rental. -Connie

DavidZornig on April 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

The Colusa Theatre closed March 6th, 2017, and appears to be for sale. Website below. 1 exterior photo and 1 auditorium photo added credit Katherine Mixie Kubicekā€Ž. Thanks For The Memories & For Sale Or Lease on the marquee.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm

The theatre reopened well before 2004. Renovation work began in 1996 and I think it reopened in late 1996 or early 1997… I can’t remember, it’s such a blur. Sad to see it close, I helped a little bit with the renovation in 1996.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

Oh — and there used to be a blade sign down the front but it was knocked out in a storm a LOOOONG time ago (60’s? sooner?)

MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 1:38 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Jan. 12, 1952: “The Ned C. Steele father-and-son partnership will be dissolved with the 314-seat Colusa at Williams being taken over by Ned, Sr., and the Sun-Down drive-in, there, going to Jr.”

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