The Cosmopolitan Cabaret will have new tenants soon, as the California Musical Theatre has pulled out of the downtown entertainment venue.
According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, local restauranteur Randy Paragary will take over theater operations to open a nightclub called The Assembly. At 10th and K Streets, the cabaret includes a 200-seat theater and shares the ground floor with Cafe Bernardo on K and the KBar, which Paragary operates.
Local historian William Burg said this is good news for Sacramento, as it lacks many medium-sized performance spaces. "It’s also a natural synergy with the growing number of dance clubs and live music venues around K Street like Marilyn’s and Shenanigans, plus ones on the drawing board like the venue planned for the 700 block of K Street," Burg wrote in an email.
This could also lead to businesses extending their hours to capture a growing level of evening foot traffic, Burg said.
The local theater scene is certainly active and alive, Burg said, but may be better suited for other neighborhoods, such as Mansion Flat, Midtown and along Del Paso Boulevard. "Theaters in those neighborhoods might also be more accessible to visitors less comfortable with the growing level of energy downtown," he stated.
The California Musical Theatre is Sacramento’s oldest professional performing arts organization and the state’s largest nonprofit musical theater company, according to its website. In the early 1950s, Russell Lewis, Howard Young and Eleanor McClatchy (president of the Sacramento Bee) launched Sacramento Music Circus, which incorporated into Sacramento Light Opera Association (now known as California Musical Theatre).