Cinema Theatre

519 J Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Previous Names: Godard's J Street Theatre, Sutter Theatre, El Rey Theatre, Rio Theatre

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Godard’s J Street Theatre was opened in 1915. It was renamed Sutter Theatre on March 8, 1930. It was renamed El Rey Theatre on November 30, 1933. Damaged by a fire in 1941, it was repaired and reopened as the Rio Theatre on March 21, 1942. By 1962 it was screening Mexican movies. On August 17, 1966 it was renamed Cinema Theatre and went over to screening adult movies in 1969, with live burlesque on the stage. It was closed and demolished in the late-1960’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The book “Sacramento: Indomitable City” by Steven Avella says that Charles W. Godard opened this theater in 1915. He had earlier operated a number of other Sacramento theaters. A History of California published in 1906 and revised in 1913 has biographical material on Godard. The 1906 edition says that he took over the Acme Theatre in 1903, and the 1913 edition adds the Liberty and Majestic to the chain of three theaters he was operating by then.

JohnRice on February 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

When I came to Sacramento in 1962 the Rio was showing Mexican films. It closed sometime later but was then re-opened by a new operator showing 16mm. “pin up” (nude model) adult films! Live burlesque later replaced or was added to the film programs. I can’t remember exactly when it closed for good and demolished, sometime in the latter part of the 1960’s I believe.

loochow on September 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

The Rio was previously named the El Rey.A fire did $50,000 worth of damage in 1941.Re-opened in 1942 as the Rio.

rivest266 on April 29, 2019 at 2:34 am

Reopened as Sutter as a cinema on March 8th, 1930 and reopened as the El Ray on November 30th, 1933. Grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on April 29, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Became Rio on March 21st, 1942. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on May 4, 2019 at 11:56 am

Became Cinema Theatre on August 17th, 1966 and started to show adult movies in 1969. Grand opening posted.

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