212 Main Street,
212 Main Street,Downieville, CA 95936
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It looks like the Yuba Theatre was operating before 1940, either in the current building or at another location. The October 19, 1946 issue of Boxoffice reported on the sale of the Yuba Theatre by Mr. and Mrs. V.C. Shattuck “…after fifteen years under their management.” The Shattucks, located in Truckee, operated a number of small town theaters in the region.
Unfortunately I’ve found no earlier references to the Yuba Theatre in Boxoffice, and only two later references, from 1957 and 1976. A couple of other web sites give 1940 as the construction date of the current Yuba Theatre, but it’s impossible to tell the actual age of the building from the photo on the theater’s Facebook page. The exterior is rustic and looks like it could date from the 19th century, but the region is full of faux-rustic buildings. Also, in a photo of the theater’s interior at Facebook the auditorium has wall sconces that look art moderne and could well date from 1940.
Yuba Theatre Facebook page.
Here is a photo. I think the website is now www.yubatheatre.org, although that takes you back to the Arts Council page.