The Empress has faced repeated disasters in its history, rising from the ashes to reign again each time. Its greatest challenge, however, was the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which nearly destroyed the theatre and left its future in question as it sat vacant and deteriorating throughout the remaining years of the millennium.
Many residents refused to give up their dream of restoring this symbol of Vallejo’s vibrant past. In 2004 three organizations — the City of Vallejo, Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, and Triad Communities, formed a partnership to renovate the Empress Theatre and turn her into a vital center for arts and entertainment. Click a menu item on the right to learn more.