Working to bring a world-class theater to our community

to share the joy of the performing arts, theater, dance and music to our little corner of the world.

When restored the Sutter Theater will celebrate the juxtaposition of a restored 1950s movie theater and a modern and contemporary 299-seat performing arts theater — as well as a black-box theater for smaller performances and dinner theatre. The Sutter Theater will embrace our history and our future, creating a performing arts destination for Yuba and Sutter visitors and residents alike.

Match Grant Opportunity!

The Sutter Performing Arts Association’s goal of having the Black Box open in 2018 was successful thanks in part to the many contributors to the Match Grant Opportunity of 2018. Your generous gifts of $40,000 were matched dollar for dollar for a total of $80,000.

The Association is very grateful to our anonymous donors who provided not only the match resources, but also the inspiration to initiate this grant and then challenge others to join. And join you did! Thank you so much again and stop by sometime to see our wonderful Black Box! It will soon be a jewel in our community.

Building Photos © Jerry A. Gregg

Latest News

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser

The Sutter Performing Arts Association hosted our first Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on March 15 and 17.  Guests were treated to a play, Point Noir Blank, under the direction and coordination of Joe Moye and Gail Carter, as well as a plated dinner with wine all in line with a…

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Sutter Secret Society Speakeasy Fundraiser

What a wonderful success!  Jim Whiteaker hosted a fundraiser in our new Black Box on January 31 of 2019.  The format was a Speakeasy, which included a private tour of the entire facility complete with the blueprints and an outline of our immediate next steps in the remodel of the Sutter Theater.  Without…

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Ayke Agus Concert

Make room on your calendars in September for a fabulous concert! The event will take place in our newly opened Black Box Theater, 754 Plumas Street in Yuba City.

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Upcoming Events

April in the Theater Gallery | Alan Hanley & Nikki Pearson

The Theater Art Gallery in Yuba City opens its April exhibit on Thursday, April 4, with a welcoming Artist Reception from 5 – 7 pm. The event is free, offering complimentary refreshments. Our guest artists are ALAN HANLEY, whose vivid oil pastel and pencil drawings are featured…

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May in the Theater Art Gallery | Alexandra Sprowls and Larry “Dude” Bartos-Green

In May, The Theater Art Gallery in Yuba City presents paintings by ALEXANDRA SPROWLS and metal/wood sculptures by LARRY “DUDE” BARTOS-GREEN. The exhibit opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday, May 2, from 5 – 7 pm.

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Theater Art Gallery May Artist Reception

In May, The Theater Art Gallery in Yuba City presents paintings by ALEXANDRA SPROWLS and metal/wood sculptures by LARRY “DUDE” BARTOS-GREEN. The exhibit opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday, May 2, from 5 – 7 pm.

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Our History

The video you are about to view is a brief historical account of the Sutter Performing Arts Association’s (SPAA) work to restore the Sutter Theater into a performing arts community center.  The video features two board members, Terri Tomlinson and Joe Moye as they respond to questions about our progress from the beginning with the purchase of the theater, to our current phase of building a “Black Box” venue.  A special thank you to  Joe Steele and the Dreambound Productions team for donating the their expertise and resources to create and publish this video.

Four Phases to A Beautiful Theater
and Community Center

Phase One (complete)

The creation of the organizational structure, developing a fundraising strategy to cover ongoing operational costs and feasibility studies (earthquake standards, lead paint/asbestos mitigation and ADA requirements for 299 person capacity).

Phase Two (complete)

SPAA secured Redevelopment Funds from the City of Yuba City for the second phase NOW COMPLETE which is an exterior restoration and essential interior repairs to open a small gallery/venue space.

Phase Three (currently in progress)

This phase set in motion, an estimated $500,000 upgrade, for partial interior renovations to include creating a “Black Box” theater which will be open for smaller productions and events. Snack bar and lobby renovations will follow.

Phase Four

A 299 seat theater! A state-of-the art Performing Arts Venue that provides a setting for a rich array of culturally diverse performing arts programming for the region.

2018 Sutter Performing Arts Association Goals

Fiscal Goals

  • Determine fundraising events by April 2017
  • Secure major fiscal contributors by June 2017

Construction Goals

Open the Black Box by June 2018 (tentative) and complete construction on Black Box by Dec. 2018

  • Install fabric on east and west walls
  • Install trim board
  • Install drapes over large screen including rod
  • Install metal covering for 6 pillars
  • Complete sealing of floor
  • Install fire suppression monitoring system
  • Engineer and install HVAC units
  • Purchase and install sound system including speakers
  • Purchase and install lighting
  • Install glass and repair red entrance doors

Open Gallery in permanent room by June 2018

  • Construct opening for access from inside Lobby to Gallery
  • Paint Gallery
  • Install carpeting
  • Add additional Lighting
  • Prepare display areas

Complete restrooms in Lobby remodel

  • Reinforce open areas per construction needs
  • Install rough plumbing
  • Pour concrete over open areas from rough plumbing
  • Purchase and install fixtures
  • Prep for installation
  • Purchase and install flooring, countertops, fixtures, etc.
  • Rebuild staircase
  • Place purchased stars in location (yet to be determined)

Marketing Goals

Continue to review the existing Marketing Plan for specific strategies

  • Continue to promote SPAA at various events and activities
  • Update the web page and Face Book page to communicate all activities (including construction activities) and chairpersons provide regular and timely updates
  • Plan and hold an Appreciation Event for our vendors who have or are working on the construction of the Black Box and Gallery
  • Publish a quarterly Newsletter

Here is an easy way to help Sutter Performing Arts Assoc. if you are an Amazon shopper. 

Just go to “” and log into your Amazon account.  You can then name Sutter Performing Arts Assoc. as your charity of choice.  After that every time you purchase from Amazon they will make a donation to us based on a percentage of your purchase.  After you have registered this with them you shouldl always then purchase from “”  rather than the “” site.  Don’t worry, they will keep reminding you and give you the opportunity to change to the correct site.  All of your account preferences and records remain the same.  Such a simple way to make a donation and help us bring a community theater to the Yuba/Sutter area.

Have a question or want more information

Please feel free to contact us.


Sutter Performing Arts Association

754 Plumas St
Yuba City, CA 95991
Phone: (530) 740-0105