513 Market Street,
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Colusa Theatre (Official)
Functions: Special Events
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Sep 13, 2010 — Colusa Theatre in danger of closing
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.
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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!
This theater is in serious danger of closing: View link
A 2010 photo can be seen here.
Theater now for sale $350,000
The Colusa is having a “Digital or Die” campaign on Kickstarter. Without an upgrade to digital projection the Colusa could close.Donate Today! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/174769538/digital-projector-for-the-colusa-theatre?ref=category
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
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 Kubicek. Thanks For The Memories & For Sale Or Lease on the marquee.
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.
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?)
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.”