About: Community

About: Community

March 15, 2020

A community health update:  Sierra Theaters remain open and operational at this time.  We are conforming to the guidelines set forth on March 13 by the California Department of Public Health:   extra cleaning and sanitizing, proper and frequent handwashing, providing sanitary wipes for our customers, keeping our employees home if they are sick, and reducing the number of seats sold at each show to one-third capacity allowing for six feet of social distancing.  Please don’t come to the show if you are sick, be courteous to your fellow movie-goers and leave at least 2 seats between you and the next group, and utilize the sanitary wipes provided for your protection.   Thanks everyone and take care!

Sierra Theaters has been entertaining and enlivening the communities of Nevada City, Grass Valley, and the surrounding area since 1979.  Fueled by a love of movies and a commitment to the local community, Sierra Theaters continues be an integral part of the thriving downtown scene, a regular destination for kids and families, and an affordable, fun night out for everyone.

Our commitment to community is evident in the hundreds of movie passes given out each year to deserving groups throughout Nevada County.  Here are just some of the groups to whom we’ve donated in 2016:

Abundant Life Community Church, Hospitality House, South Yuba River Citizens League, Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge, Grizzly Hill School, Interfaith Food Ministry, DVSAC, Bear River Little League, Forest Lake Christian School, Rotary Club, 4H Club, Nevada County Horsemen, Nevada City School of the Arts, Soroptomists of the Foothills, Piece of Peace Animal Sanctuary, Bitney College Prep Talent Show, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, Fire Safe Council, Retired Teachers Association, North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department, NU Art Boosters, NU Grad Night, AnimalSave, Music in the Mountains, Newman Foundation, Bear River High School, North Star House, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Penn Valley Union Elementary School District, Welcome Home Vets, Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Wildlife Rehab and Release, Roamin’ Angels Car Show, The Friendship Club, Union Hill School, Nevada Union FFA Ag Boosters, Teen Challenge Crisis Center, NU Football, Oak Tree Community Park, Clear Creek School, Moms on the Mountains, and more…

Wild & Scenic

We take special pride in our partnership with The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, produced by the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) every January.  By providing a venue in downtown Grass Valley, the Del Oro Theatre, we are supporting the mission of the festival, enlivening the downtown area for the weekend of the festival, and bringing awareness to hundreds of schoolchildren who come to the theatre during the week to watch films.  

This year's festival takes place January 11 - 15, 2018.

Click here to learn more about the festival.


Our annual Summer Movies for Kids Series offers eight weeks of movies at bargain pricesSummer Movies and raises funds for community groups.  So far, Sierra Theaters has donated to:


  • 2014 Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Nevada County
  • 2015 Sierra Forever Families
  • 2016 Child Advocates of Nevada County 
  • 2017 NEO Youth Center
  • 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County
  • 2019 Gold Country YMCA



We also host the annual event:  Martinis and a Movie at the Del Oro Theatre, a major fundraiser for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Our involvement in the community is ongoing and evolving.  Check back here for the latest news.