Did You Know?
Seismic retro-fitting of the Empress included securing massive structural I-beams inside the front façade which makes it structurally safe without steel girders visible along every wall —the norm in most seismic retro-fit projects.
The Empress Stories
The Empress Theatre could not have regained its luster without the many people in Vallejo who refused to give up their dream of restoring this symbol of Vallejo's vibrant past. The story of the rebirth of the Empress is their story too.
You can read some of those stories on this website, including:
- Stories of artisans whose skill and art was essential for restoration
- Champions who found money to keep this dream alive
- Business people with a heart and commitment to make it happen
- Local folks recalling their Empress experiences over the decades.
Listen to the history of The Empress through the words and memories of 96-year-old newlywed, Eddie Martinez!
(This is a sound file, and may take a while to open. Please be patient as it is well worth your time.)