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Mission Statement

The Empress is an historic mixed-used performing arts center dedicated to the community of Vallejo. Vallejo is listed as one of the must culturally diverse cities in America and the programming of the Empress is designed to reflect this same diversity of interest, culture and economic reality, ensuring that it stands as a resource for all the constituents of Vallejo.

The Empress is managed by the non-profit Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and it is the Foundation's mission to ensure that the programming presented on the theater's stage and screen mirrors our diverse community. The Empress business model is based around a volunteer Entertainment Advisory Committee of local arts professionals from each of the City's diverse culture communities and from each of the major performing arts and entertainment disciplines. This body's task is to determine the direction and content of the theater's programming and ensure that the programming accurately reflects the breadth of diversity, interests and economic realities of our community. Our research indicates that this level of community involvement, support and input has not been a major component of other community arts center operations and we're proud to be the inclusionary model for the next generation of cultural facilities.


Founded in 1991, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation's mission is to promote, enhance public awareness, appreciation and participation in community arts programs; to be responsible for the overall management and funding of designated community arts facilities (including the Fetterly Gallery, the Fetterly Playhouse, and the Empress Theatre); and to raise and disburse funds for community arts programs and facilities. The Empress Theatre is a program of the Arts Foundation.

The Empress Theatre, originally built in 1911, is a beautiful and historic structure. It lay dormant and boarded up for nearly 20 years following damage from the Loma Prieta earthquake. It has been fully restored, seismically retrofitted and updated to modern theatrical standards for both film and live events.


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Would you recommend Empress Theatre?

by Gay C. (Administrator for this Organization) (2018-04-06 15:50:10.0)
The beautiful, historic Empress Theatre is the "jewel" of downtown Vallejo, acting as the host to a wide variety of entertainment, as well as, community-based events. It is community-driven and community-focused. It is an excellent venue for those who want to give back to the community of Vallejo. The volunteer work is focused, reasonable and fun. While a "family" feel is evident, the volunteers are serious when it comes to making a trip to the Empress an enjoyable one for its patrons. The Empress is in need of mature, responsible, motivated and team oriented volunteers. I highly recommend it to those looking for a local, worthwhile volunteer experience. Please go online to www.empresstheatre.org to get more information about volunteering. Come and be a part of the the exciting revitalization of beautiful, historic downtown Vallejo. Your support will be appreciated by all!!