Pussycat Theatre

1227 K Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Previously operated by: Pussycat Theatres

Previous Names: Studio Theatre, Capri Theatre, Encore Theatre

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The Studio Theatre was opened on September 27, 1946 with John Wayne in “Tall in the Saddle” & Betty Hutton in “The Stork Club”. It was next door to the Esquire Theatre on Sacramento’s K Street in downtown Sacramento. It featured both first and second run features and on December 25, 1957 it was renamed Capri Theatre. On July 22, 1960 it was renamed Encore Theatre. It was taken over by Pussycat Theatres chain on December 26, 1975 screening Maud Belleroche in “Sensations” (aka Top Sensation) & Andrea True in “Heavy Load”. It continued as an adult theatre until closing.

Like it’s next door neighbor the Esquire Theatre, it was basically demolished in the late-1990’s. However the facades of both theatres were built into the replacement Esquire Plaza office building. Behind the facade is a restaurant currently known as the Esquire Grill.

Contributed by JohnRice

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JohnRice on July 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hardly one of the great movie palaces the Encore was still an attractive and comfortable small theatre to see first run films when I was living in Sacramento in the 1960’s. As I recall they had some long exclusive runs of films like “Tom Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia” (not the best venue for that one since the Encore was only equipped for 35mm projection on a relatively small wide screen).

One vivid personal memory of attending the Encore for me was on the Sunday after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Jack Ruby had just in turn killed Lee Harvey Oswald that morning, which I witnessed on live TV. Like so many of us I was in a state of semi-shock and felt I just had to get out of the house so I headed to downtown Sacramento to see a movie. There must have been nothing good at the Crest or Fox Senator or even the World grind house because I ended up at the Encore where the main feature was “The Sky Above, the Mud Below”, a documentary about native people New Guinea, hardly the kind of escapism I was looking for on that dreary Sunday afternoon!

loochow on September 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

This was a kung fu grindhouse in the mid to late 70’s.

Bobbo on August 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Does anyone recall the Guild Theater? I’m wondering if it may have been the J Street Cinema..but I am far from certain.

rivest266 on May 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm

This opened as Studio on September 27th, 1946 and as Capri on December 25th, 1957. Grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on May 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm

Reopened as the Encore theatre on July 22nd,1960. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on May 5, 2019 at 9:11 am

Became the Pussycat theatre on December 26th, 1975. Another ad posted.

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