Empress Theatre

Driving Directions

San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley & I-80E

Novato and Marin & Sonoma Counties & Hwy 37E

Napa Valley & Hwy 29S

Fairfield, Vacaville, Sacramento & I-80W

Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton & I-680N

Location:

330 Virginia Street
Downtown Vallejo
(This is NOT the mailing address.  See Contact Us.)

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San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley & I-80E

  • From San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge and Interstate 80 East.  From Oakland, Berkeley and the Interstate 80 corridor West of Vallejo, Take Interstate 80 Eastbound toward Sacramento.
  • In Vallejo, take the Interstate 780 / Curtola Parkway Exit.  As the freeway exit splits, choose the Curtola Parkway / Vallejo branch which will circle around onto Curtola Parkway.  Travel down Curtola Parkway 1.4 miles and turn RIGHT onto Sonoma Blvd / Hwy 29.  You will travel 5 blocks on Sonoma Blvd, and turn LEFT on Virginia Street.  The theatre will be two blocks down on the left hand side at 330 Virginia Street.
  • A reminder that your trip will take you across at least one toll bridge on your way to the Empress Theatre.  The Carquinez Bridge, just at the edge of Vallejo, requires toll Eastbound toward Vallejo, but is free to return Westbound, while the San Francisco Bay Bridge requires toll Westbound toward San Francisco but is free in the Eastbound direction.  Both bridges accept FasTrak.  Cash is accepted in designated lanes only and the current toll is $4 per car.

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Novato and Marin & Sonoma Counties & Hwy 37E

  • From Novato and the Highway 101 corridor in Marin & Sonoma Counties, Take Highway 37 Eastbound to Vallejo.
  • Just as you leave the causeway and enter Vallejo, take the Wilson Avenue exit.  You will loop around and turn LEFT onto Wilson Avenue.  Wilson Avenue becomes Mare Island Way.  Soon after passing the blue bridge to Mare Island, you will turn LEFT onto Georgia Street at the Ferry Building.
  • Turn LEFT at the third stoplight onto Marin Street, and LEFT again at the next corner which is Virginia.  The theater is on your right.
  • Be aware that this block of Virginia Street is one-way traveling West.  As this is a recent change, mapping services and GPS navigators may ask you to turn onto Virginia from Sacramento Street instead.  That is no longer possible.  Be especially aware of this as you leave the parking lot following an event as signage is poor.

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Napa Valley & Hwy 29S

  • From Napa Valley and some Eastern portions of Sonoma County and points accessing Highway 29 through the Napa Valley, Take Highway 29 Southbound to Vallejo.
  • In Vallejo, Highway 29 is also called Sonoma Blvd.  Continue on this road though Vallejo and turn RIGHT at the stoplight onto Virginia Street.  The Empress Theatre will be one block ahead on the right.
  • Alternately, you may choose to follow the Silverado Trail along Napa Valley's Eastern hills until it joins Highway 29 on the Southern side of Napa and continue to follow Highway 29 until reaching Virginia Street as indicated earlier.  This alternate route can help avoid some of the Napa Valley wine tasting traffic along Highway 29.

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Fairfield, Vacaville, Sacramento & I-80W

  • From Fairfield, Vacaville, Sacramento and the Interstate 80 corridor East of Vallejo, Take Interstate 80 Westbound toward San Francisco.
  • In Vallejo, take the Interstate 780 / Curtola Parkway Exit.  As the freeway exit splits, choose the Curtola Parkway / Vallejo branch.  Travel down Curtola Parkway 1.4 miles and turn RIGHT onto Sonoma Blvd / Hwy 29.  You will travel 5 blocks on Sonoma Blvd, and turn LEFT on Virginia Street.  The theatre will be two blocks down on the left hand side at 330 Virginia Street.

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Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton & I-680N

  • From Concord, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton and the Interstate 680 corridor South of Vallejo, Take Interstate 680 Northbound toward Sacramento.
  • Immediately after crossing the Bencia/Martinez Bridge, the freeway will split.  Take the Interstate 780 / Benicia / Vallejo option to the LEFT.  In Vallejo, Interstate 780 becomes Curtola Parkway at the stoplight after crossing under Interstate 80.  Stay on Curtola Parkway and travel another 1 1/2 miles.  Turn RIGHT onto Sonoma Blvd / Hwy 29.  You will travel 5 blocks on Sonoma Blvd, and turn LEFT on Virginia Street The theatre will be two blocks down on the left hand side at 330 Virginia Street.
  • A reminder that your trip will take you across at least one toll bridge on your way to the Empress Theatre.  The Benicia/Martinez Bridge requires toll Northbound toward Vallejo, but is free to return Southbound.  The bridge has dedicated high-speed FasTrak lanes.  Cash is accepted in the remaining lanes and the current toll is $4 per car.

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