It's the stuff of local legend: The grandest movie palace of all, the Alhambra Theatre, reigned over Sacramento from the day it opened in 1927, back when black-and-white "talkies" were all the rage. A lavish, red-carpeted Moorish castle in East Sacramento, with a courtyard and a fountain, the architecturally striking building (think Arabian Nights) was surrounded by lush gardens where your grandparents may have strolled hand in hand after catching Errol Flynn in some swashbuckler.
The Alhambra survived a scant 40 years, evolving into a concert venue before the storied venue was unceremoniously demolished in 1973 when a county ballot measure aiming at saving it failed to pass. Now, just in time for what would have been the theater's 90th birthday, local filmmaker...
Hot days in Sacramento lead to cool evenings, perfect for stretching a blanket on the grass, grabbing some popcorn and watching Hollywood stars under the stars. Here are several places around the region hosting outdoor screenings of movies—from family-friendly flicks like Moana to a Coen Brothers film series just for grown-ups.
Friday Moonlight Movies (Rancho Cordova)
Indulge in freshly popped buttery treats from the Art of Popcorn and chill out with shaved ice from Sweet Treats before setting up a blanket and lawn chairs on Village Green Park’s large grassy field for an adventure-themed flick every Friday in June.
June 2 Up
June 9 Pirates of the Caribbean
June 16 Guardians of the Galaxy
June 23 Finding Dory
June 30 Jurassic Park
Free. 7:30 p.m....
The capital city has been stepping up its public art game of late, with events like the Sacramento Mural Festival taking to the streets and collaborations like ArtStreet attracting thousands of visitors.
Next up is a project called Beacon, where interactive video projections will enliven a building at the corner of 10th and K streets with works by over 50 local, national and international visual artists.
Led by Sacramento placemaker and entrepreneur Tre Borden (who has managed projects like Bright Underbelly) and curated by local filmmaker and artist Jessa Ciel, Beacon will launch May 22 for a 10-week run ending July 29.
Using a network of projectors, the video displays will rotate on a one-hour loop and focus on a different theme each week, reflecting trending...
Oblivion Comics & Coffee had a brisk first day of business after it opened its doors Wednesday near the corner of 11th and K streets in downtown Sacramento. The sleek and stylish 2,600-square-foot venue has a coffee bar serving up brewed beverages from Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, a small selection of eats that a comic-loving kid of any age would love, like PB&J and cinnamon toast, and a large selection of comics curated by knowledgeable staff billed as the Guardians of Oblivion.
The shop is located in the renovated three-story M.A.Y. Building, which was built in 1911 and is being transformed into a multi-use space with an event venue, luxury apartments and retail.
Owners Laura Benson and Neil Estaris’ concept for an adult-oriented comic venue won the...