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.

Building Photos © Jerry A. Gregg
Show Photos © Mark Bradley

Latest News

$80,000 Match Grant

January 21, 2018

There’s some exciting news about the Sutter Theater reconstruction project on Plumas Street in Yuba City we’d like to share, including how you can help us leverage an important anonymous contribution from three local families of donors. First, the Sutter Performing Arts Association would like to extend a grateful “thank you” to our countless and amazing volunteers, supporters, and donors who have worked tirelessly with us these past years to restore…

Construction Update May 2017

May 27, 2017

We started 2017 with the continuation of work in the “Black Box” theater.  The new floor and handicap ramp installed in 2016 received a floor finish and railings.  The walls and ceiling in the “black box” that sustained damage from demolition have been patched or repaired to maintain the fire rating (Jim’s Drywall Service) and…

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.

2017 Sutter Performing Arts Association Goals

Fiscal Goals

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

Construction Goals – Operationalize the Black box by March 2018 (tentative)

  • Repair roof
  • Demo interior walls of lobby, snack bar, restrooms and previous gallery
  • Secure appropriate permits
  • Sheetrock ceiling patches
  • Cement and weld handrails
  • Paint ceiling/north and south walls
  • Install 6 columns
  • Complete sealing of floor
  • Construct and hang fabric covering on east and west walls
  • Rebuild staircase
  • Install rough plumbing for bathrooms
  • Install Lobby, snack/kitchen areas
  • Install Phase I of Fire Suppression
  • Prepare for HVAC work
  • 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 facebook 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

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