(KTXL) – Sacramento, a city that goes all out to showcase art and performance, is home to several still-operating theaters that were built in the early days of motion pictures and some in the early 1900s.

Below are the city’s historic theaters that still show movies and shows.

peak theater

The Crest Theater, which opened in 1912, is located in downtown Sacramento, just blocks from the California State Capitol. When it first opened, the Crest was known as the Empress Theater and later as the Hippodrome Theatre.

According to the Crest Theater, on September 14, 1946, the Hippodrome marquee fell to the sidewalk and killed a passerby. Due to the incident, in 1949 the building was remodeled into the current art deco form which is now known as the Crest Theatre.

The Crest Theater bills itself as one of the “first first-run movie palaces in the Sacramento area” in the 1950s and 1960s. -run and eventually closed in the early 1980s”.

After the theater closed there were many attempts to reopen the theater and it finally reopened in 1986. However, in 1993 the building next door caught fire causing smoke damage to the Crest. With the money earned from settling insurance and grants from the City of Sacramento, the theater was able to be restored and two basement screening rooms were added.

Also in 2009, the Crest underwent another restoration where the neon marquee was refurbished.

Currently, the theater is undergoing a modernization project which includes converting “the basement screening rooms to an on-site full-service restaurant, installing high-speed internet for the ticketing system, structural upgrades to support concert sound and lighting systems, installation of DCP compliant digital film projection and replacement of the 65 year old HVAC system.

According to the Crest Theatre, during this project, the theater will remain operational and will continue “to host community events, concerts and exhibit foreign and independent films”.

tower theater

The Tower Theatre, built in 1938, is the city’s oldest operating movie palace, according to the Tower Theatre.

The Tower Theater is located on Broadway St. in downtown Sacramento and has featured some of the premieres of local Sacramento filmmakers, such as Colin Hanks’ “All Things Must Pass” and Greta Gerwig’s “Ladybird.”

According to the Tower Theater, they are dedicated to bringing “the best in independent, foreign, and specialty cinema to Sacramento moviegoers.”

The Guild Theater

The Guild Theatre, originally named the Victor Theatre, is a non-profit theater located at 2828 35th St. and is operated by St. Hope Academy. It was built in 1915 and was the largest theater in Oak Park at the time, according to St. Hope.

St. Hope is a nonprofit created by former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson that educates, empowers and trains residents of low-income areas to change the landscape, starting with Oak Park, according to St. Hope. .

In 2003 St. Hope updated and restored the Guild Theater after it had been vacant for many years. According to St. Hope, despite its restoration and renovation, the Guild Theater still has historic charm and remains a venue “for corporate events, plays, concerts, trainings, film screenings and weddings.” “.