Sebastiani Theatre History

The Theatre was built by Samuele Sebastiani in 1933 as a movie house and was designed by well-known theater architect James W. Reid.

Its first movie, screened on April 7, 1934, was  "Fugitive Lovers" starring Robert Montgomery. Admission price was 30¢.


You will notice the Sebastiani Theatre name has the traditional British spelling, "re" instead of "er." Samuele Sebastiani chose to name it with that spelling.

For a complete history of the Sebastiani Theatre, please read the two-part Sonoma Index Tribune article below written by historian Gerald Hill.

Part One: Sonoma's Gem: Sebastiani Theatre reaches 75

Part Two: Sebastiani Theatre turns 75

Thank you to Sonoma Index Tribune Publisher Bill Lynch for allowing the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation to republish these.

Sonoma Mayor Ken Brown presented a proclamation at the April 15, 2009 Sonoma City Council Meeting honoring the Sebastiani Theatre's 75th anniversary.