The Yuba Theatre is located in Downieville, the county seat of Sierra County. Originally a movie house built in 1940, the theater has been operated as an arts venue by the Sierra County Arts Council since 1996. Using volunteer labor exclusively, the Arts Council has added a fully functional stage and tech booth, as well as a number of other amenities. With its 184 seats, the Yuba Theatre is the only fixed-seat theater in Sierra County. Many community events, including movies, film festivals, musical presentations, dance classes, school dramas, community theater productions, book signings, slide shows, lectures, conferences, and meetings have been held there throughout its long history.
The Yuba Theatre is proud to be the smallest venue of the world wide Banff Mountain Film Festival. With a decade long association with Banff, the film festival is an annual highlight for the theater and is held every April.