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1227 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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By 1946 Leonard Starks was well known for his theater design. Most likely because of this notoriety he was hired by Leonard Giordano to design the Studio Theater on K Street. The Studio Theater, is significant as a post World War II addition to the Moderne-styled amusement facilities that sprang up in 1930s-1940s in downtown Sacramento. The building is one of the very few remaining examples of the pre-1950s commercial architecture that once dominated the streetscape of K Street’s 1200 block.

According to Starks project list it also appears that this same year he was hired again to design apartment houses for Mr. Giordano, but those have yet to be identified.

The venue changed names to The Capri in 1958, then the Encore in 1961. In 1975 it became a restaurant and eventually the Metro Bar and Grill. More name changes and even more remodels later and the Studio Theater is now the Esquire Bar and Grill.

Parts of this post were found via the Library of Congress, The Center for Sacramento History, and Sacramento Public Library.

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Posted: January 5, 1946

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