The Olde Coloma Theatre just wrapped up its historic 45 th Season! The storied
local Melodrama House in Coloma, has been open every season since 1972. The
building at the corner of Monument Road and Cold Springs Road brings our local
communities family-oriented entertainment for all ages!
The Theatre was founded by former resident, June Scott, along with help from
her family and friends. The history of the Theatre has a fabled background in its own
right. The building began its life in 1939 for the San Francisco World’s Fair. Later given
to the California Forestry Department, where the log cabin section was slated to
be…gasp… burned to the ground, in a training exercise! However, before bureaucratic
“Villains” could burn the cabin, it was given a last-minute reprieve, and was never
Enter our “heroine,” June Scott, who lobbied a then-Governor Ronald Reagan in
the 1960’s, for a permanent home for her troupe of melodrama actors. The troupe had
been using temporary facilities including the Gold Trail Grange. Would the building be
donated to Coloma? Yes! No…maybe so! The “powers that be” went round and round.
Finally, the building was entrusted to June (for a very thrifty $1) and off it went to
The Theatre has had many leaders, including June’s daughter Vickey Scott
Moreno.While June and Vickey have both sadly passed, the Olde Coloma Theatre is
owned and operated today by a non-profit organization, maintained by a Board of
Directors (including June’s Son-In-Law Danny Moreno) that continue to hold fast to
June and Vickey’s vision for the Theatre.
Opened every year since 1972, (from May to December) the old building plays
host to new and accomplished actors, directors, writers and volunteer staff, that are
never asked to contribute their own funds to the endeavor. The “Little Cabin In The
Woods” is maintained solely by local sponsors and contributors, volunteers, and
amateur talent, along with modest ticket sales to the five productions opening about
every six weeks. Productions feature traditional melodrama, large cast ‘Summer Shows”
holiday offerings featuring Fall or Halloween shows, and even a Christmas Production in
November and December!
The Theatre is located at 380 Monument Road in Coloma. The telephone/voicemail
number is: (530) 626-5282. The acting troupe has a website: oldecolomatheatre.org,
pages on both Facebook and Instagram, and loves and depends on its community and
family of volunteers!