The marquee outside the historic Crest Theatre on K Street will shine once again tonight after four months of reconstruction and restoration. The bright red, aquamarine and yellow colors of the marquee, which had been fading for 18 years due to weather, will be relit in a special ceremony tonight. The Crest, one of the few remaining theaters from Sacramento's past, celebrates its 60th anniversary in early October this year. But the theater space is actually even older than that. Prior to 1949, The Crest Theater was known as The Hippodrome, but it shut down in 1946 after the marquee plummeted to the ground, killing a woman. The theatre was understandibly closed for a time after the accident, at the same time being remodeled and transformed into the Crest as we know it today, opening in 1949.
The Crest has existed for almost an entire century and brings in around over 200,000 patrons per year to the many concerts, movies, independent films and public speaking events held there. The restoration of the theatre’s façade is occurring in addition to the many other renovations that are happening along the same stretch of K Street. Among the many movie theatres in and about the Sacramento area, the Crest and the Tower theatres are the only ones that continue to stand in their original form.
In celebration of the theatre’s 60th anniversary and the relighting ceremony, tonight the Crest will be showing the last remaining copy of the film “Midnight Kiss” starring Kathryn Grayson and Ethel Barrymore. The theatre will also be showing newsreel footage from the theatre’s original opening. Tickets for the movie will cost 60 cents just as they were in the 40’s.