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Thursday, April 18, 2024

A quick guide to art venues in Davis

Regal Cinemas
Stadium 5 — 420 G St.
Holiday 6 — 101 F St.
The primary movie theaters in Davis. If you want to watch a big Hollywood movie, it’s playing in one of these theaters. Stadium 5 and Holiday 6 show different movies, so make sure you get to the right one. Both theaters sell tickets for older movies for $5.50 on Tuesdays.

The Davis Varsity Theater
616 Second St.
Davis’ source for independent film. They have two screens dedicated to the kind of movies that win Academy Awards. Like Regal, the Varsity also runs a Tuesday discount; tickets are $8.50 all day with a 50-cent discount if you pay cash.

Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center
607 Pena Dr.
This is the headquarters for the Davis Musical Theatre Company, which really does what it says on the tin. This school year will see the Company tackle six musicals: Spamalot! in September and October, Oliver! in November, Cabaret in January, South Pacific in March, A Chorus Line in April and May and Les Miserables in June and July.

Veterans Memorial Theater
203 E. 14th St.
This is a 325-seat theater located in central Davis, between Davis Senior High and the Yolo County Library. While there aren’t many events held here besides the Acme Theatre Company’s performances, there may be a concert or an author appearance sometime during the school year.

Armadillo Music
205 F St.
This is the record store for Davis. Armadillo has a great selection of CDs and LPs along with throngs of used DVDs. In addition, Armadillo’s bargain bin offers various discounts throughout the month where you might find some great deals.

Bizarro World
223 E St.
This store offers a wide variety of media, including comic books, used video games, board games, LP records and books. The back room of Bizarro World houses Four Star Video, which is the only video rental store in Davis and offers a great selection of DVDs to rent.

The Avid Reader and The Avid Reader Active
617 Second St.
An independent bookstore, spread over two shops on the 600 block of Second Street. The main store offers a selection of novels, nonfiction and children’s books, while the Active store focuses on cookbooks, fitness guides and puzzles. The Avid Reader also hosts events in which authors come to give readings and talk about their books.

Logos Books

513 Second St.
The only used non-textbook store in town. Logos Books offers a similar selection to The Avid Reader, although their entire stock is used and they organize their fiction into classics and contemporaries. Logos Books also has a bargain rack outside of the store.

The John Natsoulas Gallery
521 First St.
A multi-story art gallery located across the street from Whole Foods. Each exhibition at the Natsoulas Gallery generally lasts one month, so there is often new work to see. In addition, Dr. Andy Jones hosts a poetry reading and open mic every second and fourth Thursday at 8 p.m.

The Pence Gallery
212 D St.
An art gallery located in the heart of downtown Davis. The Pence Gallery offers several educational programs for people interested in the arts.

Third Space
946 Olive Drive
Third Space is the home of the Third Space Art Collective, who emphasize both a do-it-yourself and do-it-together ethos. They host music and art shows as well as the Davis Flea Market, which is held on the last weekend of every month.

Nelson Gallery
South of Wright Hall, in the Arboretum
The Nelson Gallery, located in the scenic Arboretum, displays works of art in a huge space. The Gallery won’t be open until Oct. 10 in order to allow for construction of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.


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