Sacramento has long been looking for another medium-sized concert hall that would attract performers not big enough to fill the Golden 1 Center but popular enough to attract a few thousand people.
There is suddenly a lot of interest in building one.
SKK Developments, the company behind many of the city center’s latest high-end apartment buildings, has proposed to build a 2,300-seat live music, comedy and events theater in downtown Sacramento. The new theater would replace a vacant industrial building at the southwest corner of 24th and R streets.
The city has several vibrant music venues, including Ace of Spades a few blocks east on R Street and the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center downtown. A 5,000-seat event venue is planned for the former downtown Railyards Paint Shops. And a live music venue has been proposed for Ramona Avenue, south of the California State University, Sacramento campus.
Architectural designs for the new theater show would attract artists such as Wilco (performing later this month at the Fillmore in San Francisco) and Sleater-Kinney. The new theater would cover just under 43,000 square feet, according to documents filed with the City of Sacramento. It “is intended to anchor the eastern end of the R Street Corridor and serve as a catalyst for future mixed-use development,” said a project narrative.
A bonus for the theater’s location: a light rail station is right in front of the building, “literally at the front door of the project”, wrote the promoters.