Empress Theatre

The Crest


Ray Syufy purchased the theatre and renamed it the "Crest." It was run as a single-screen movie house and closed ten years later.



The first nuclear submarine on the west coast, the USS Sargo, was built at Mare Island. 




Between 1962 and 1978 the building experienced a period of decline and neglect. The theatre was then purchased by the Elliot family, known for their deep Vallejo roots, one year after Jimmy Carter became president.