Empress puts new emphasis on live ent...

Empress puts new emphasis on live entertainment

There are 44 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Jan 28, 2010, titled Empress puts new emphasis on live entertainment. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

The Empress Theatre will focus on live entertainment - including well-known celebrities - to help drive traffic downtown, theater officials announced Wednesday.

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Mr Vallejo

Sacramento, CA

#1 Jan 28, 2010
Right On! It's gonna be a great summer.
E Crawford

Berkeley, CA

#2 Jan 28, 2010
I went to Havana Sol on Saturday, and it was one of only two places (Gracie's was the other one)that were open and had people there. The rest of that area was dark and dead. Everyone I was with commented that this area should have so much more going on than a couple businesses open on a Saturday night. Any plans for making the downtown more of a destination for people to want to come to? Just asking...
Grissle

Vacaville, CA

#3 Jan 28, 2010
Wow 4 million dollars later, old movies nobody watches, closing for several months, and a money pit, they are now going to expand their business views? Vallejo is getting its 4 million dollars worth...Notttttttttttttt

Since: Mar 08

Vallejo

#4 Jan 28, 2010
Am looking forward to more live shows!

I love old movies as much as the next gal, but I'm not likely to make a trek to see a movie I can watch at home. Now good music, that's something I'll make time for.

Grissle, E. Crawford, give it time. If the Empress can start landing good acts and has stuff going on all the time, then businesses will come.
Anonymous

Vacaville, CA

#5 Jan 28, 2010
The place was packed last night -- wonderful event, Viva Vallejo!

There's plans for a micro-brewery downtown in one of historic buildings on Georgia near Marin. They just got unanimous approval from the planning commission. Not sure when they'll open, but now that they have that approval, should be soon!

We won't bother saving a seat for Grissle, he'll be home chewing on his pissle.
Knowname

San Leandro, CA

#6 Jan 28, 2010
My grandfather an Grandmother went on thier first date to the Empress. That must have been in the 1930's. When I was a kid you could see two movies for a buck. it was a great place to sit in the dark with a girl for a couple of hours. Im glad its still around.
Grissle

Vacaville, CA

#7 Jan 28, 2010
Knowname wrote:
My grandfather an Grandmother went on thier first date to the Empress. That must have been in the 1930's. When I was a kid you could see two movies for a buck. it was a great place to sit in the dark with a girl for a couple of hours. Im glad its still around.
Well you can still go to the movies at the Empress for a buck, but guess what? IT DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR THE $4,000,000 US CURRENCY DOLLARS THAT WAS USED TO REMODEL THAT MONEY GEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY??

Since: Mar 08

Vallejo

#8 Jan 28, 2010
Grissle wrote:
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Well you can still go to the movies at the Empress for a buck, but guess what? IT DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR THE $4,000,000 US CURRENCY DOLLARS THAT WAS USED TO REMODEL THAT MONEY GEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY??
An extra $4 million would not have stoped bankruptcy. It may have delayed it, but we'd still be in this mess.

Give it a rest. Second guessing the past will not move us into the future.

At least the folks at the Empress aren't giving up on Vallejo.
Jen

United States

#9 Jan 28, 2010
I won't go to the Empress until all the money is paid back to the city of Vallejo.
Jen

United States

#10 Jan 28, 2010
The people behind the empress are racist. All the events are set up for rich people. Vallejo is full of poor and poorer people who cannot afford to attend anything at the Empress.
Mr Vallejo

Sacramento, CA

#11 Jan 28, 2010
Jen wrote:
I won't go to the Empress until all the money is paid back to the city of Vallejo.
Good!
Mr Vallejo

Sacramento, CA

#12 Jan 28, 2010
Jen wrote:
The people behind the empress are racist. All the events are set up for rich people. Vallejo is full of poor and poorer people who cannot afford to attend anything at the Empress.
Yes, stay home. I'll go.
GlitterDome

San Rafael, CA

#13 Jan 28, 2010
Jen wrote:
The people behind the empress are racist. All the events are set up for rich people. Vallejo is full of poor and poorer people who cannot afford to attend anything at the Empress.
You're nuts.
IM PEACHy

Roseville, CA

#14 Jan 28, 2010
Ah yes, the racism just oozed throughout the theater last night. So glad our mayor and our diverse community weren't there to witness the bigoted horror of an event.
sing it elvis

Vallejo, CA

#15 Jan 28, 2010
Jen wrote:
The people behind the empress are racist. All the events are set up for rich people. Vallejo is full of poor and poorer people who cannot afford to attend anything at the Empress.
this is good for the privileged that can afford to "support" it, but that's about it. it is essentially a semi-private club for the downtown/westside dwellers that have a lot to say about what shows there. think you'll ever have a homeboy rap show up in there? see?
Mr Vallejo

Sacramento, CA

#16 Jan 28, 2010
sing it elvis wrote:
<quoted text>this is good for the privileged that can afford to "support" it, but that's about it. it is essentially a semi-private club for the downtown/westside dwellers that have a lot to say about what shows there. think you'll ever have a homeboy rap show up in there? see?
I sure hope NOT.
IM PEACHy

Roseville, CA

#17 Jan 28, 2010
I don't know elvis, why don't you suggest it?

http://www.empresstheatre.org/get-involved-id...
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AOL

#18 Jan 28, 2010
Here's a statement and a question for the operators of the Empress. Having "name" talent such as Joan Baez entertain is a good idea BUT I assume that Ms. Baez could cost upwards of $40,000 for one night's entertainment. What does the Empress seat... about 400 people. It seems to me that they would have to charge about $100-150 per ticket for anyone with "name" value. Am I wrong? I'd like to hear about this because I have my doubts that people would pay that kind of money.
Nightfly

Oakland, CA

#19 Jan 28, 2010
I went to the Tommy Castro, Roy Rodgers show awhile back and I thought it was a great place to see a show. This is good news. When you have concerts you bring in out of town money, to the show and to local restaurants. And were getting a micro brewery downtown? Nice!
Knowname

San Leandro, CA

#20 Jan 28, 2010
Grissle wrote:
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Well you can still go to the movies at the Empress for a buck, but guess what? IT DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR THE $4,000,000 US CURRENCY DOLLARS THAT WAS USED TO REMODEL THAT MONEY GEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY??
When I went to the empress it was about 35 years ago. Pre remodel. Oh yeah my mom says hi.

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