Friends of the Vallejo

Community Arts Foundation


Built in 1911 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, The Empress Theatre is a historical landmark in the heart of downtown Vallejo, California. The Empress Theatre is operated by the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF), a non-profit corporation, which reopened the theatre in 1991. Historic Theatres are the legacy of visionary showmen who build them showcasing entertainment that was uniquely American. When a community’s residents become collectively invested in historically important buildings, there is a clear pride of place that follows.

Empress Theatre interior, Vallejo CA

The Empress Theatre programming includes jazz, comedy, symphonic music, opera, films, dance, and more!