Novato Theater

Board of Supervisors

I am proud to work with a dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers on the downtown Novato Theater. While the Board had hoped to open the Theater this year, no one could have predicted the untimely death and serious illness of several key board members and staff. Nevertheless, the Board and volunteers are dedicated to this volunteer run project and I believe if we work together we can bring the dream to life! Here’s an update on our work:

  • The new foundation and flooring is completed, the utilities below the slab are installed a new water service for fire sprinklers is in place and the building was extended to accommodate a larger stage & dressing room
  • The Mill Valley Film Festival plans to partner with the Novato Theater
  • Theater seat sales and naming rights have contributed to successful fundraising efforts
  • We have secured over $1 million in financial pledges which will be released once additional funding is secured

The Theater will include a large theater and performance stage downstairs and a small theater upstairs. Seating will be comfortable; a spacious lobby for concessions and receptions is planned along with state of the art sound and visual systems.

A re-opened theater will serve as a community cultural center for year-round film programming, as well as live music, performing arts such as theater and dance, and simulcast showings of opera, Broadway Theater, sports and other musical events for all ages. The facility will be available to rent for community meetings, private events and educational outreach programming.

There is no doubt that re-opening this theater is of enormous economic importance to our Novato Downtown and will benefit the community as a whole. It will restore a much-needed magnet that our downtown needs to truly fulfill its potential. It will be open seven days a week, 365 days a year, drawing people downtown at night and on weekends, providing the impetus for retail to open in the evenings and on Sundays.

The community, Board of Directors and volunteers have been working hard – if you’d like to learn more, make a contribution or volunteer, visit the Novato Theater website or contact

Another great way to stay up-to-date on what is happenings with the Novato Theater is to follow their Facebook page.