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Once a beacon in downtown Sacramento, the Crest Theatre is becoming a victim of changing times.

“There’s been some major changes in the film industry in recent years,” said Crest General Manager Sid Garcia-Heberger. “We’re now looking at other ways to use the space.”

Two screens, added in 1997, will close. The screens are downstairs and those rooms hold more than 300 people. The downstairs rooms feature independent films. The upstairs, and much bigger room that normally has larger events, will stay open.

“We’ve expected change was in the wind, so we’re just glad we have so many opportunities now to reimagine it,” Garcia-Heberger said.

K Street has been revamped in recent years with more restaurants and foot traffic, and this latest setback isn’t entirely discouraging.

“The heart of Sacramento will still be beating,” said Garcia-Heberger.

The Crest’s larger, upstairs room normally plays host to film festivals, live music, standup comedians and other events.