The Crest Theatre snack bar was allowed to reopen Wednesday after being closed a day earlier by Sacramento County health inspectors, who ordered the partial closure after finding rodent droppings twice in two weeks at the historic theater.
Tuesday’s order forced the Crest Theatre’s operator to bring in packaged food for the showing of the holiday classic “A Christmas Story.”
Yulya Borroum, the theater’s new operator, said Wednesday that she took aggressive steps to control the pest problem she believes was stirred up by construction.
The snack bar at the iconic theater, 1013 K St., received a posted red “closed” card on Tuesday. By close of business Wednesday a new green placard was expect to be posted.
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Tuesday, the theater served cookies from nearby Mother restaurant and sold packaged candy as it welcomed around 300 patrons to see if Ralphie gets a Red Ryder BB gun.
After 28 years of being operated by Laura “Sid” Garcia-Heberger, the building’s owner Robert Emerick and Borroum, his fiancée, took over operation Nov. 1, with Borroum managing and booking events.
The inspection report noted 30 small rodent droppings in the front cabinets of the snack bar, 20 droppings to the left of the bucket below the large popcorn maker and 10 droppings on bags of unpopped popcorn in a storage room.
The owner told the inspector that droppings observed on Dec. 10 had been cleaned up so the rodent defecation seen on Tuesday must have been new, according to the report by Sacramento County Environmental Management.
The report asked that the Crest clean and sanitize affected areas, discard bags of unpopped popcorn and other items that may have been contaminated, seal gaps and holes greater than one-quarter of an inch to prevent rodent entrance and work with an approved pest control company to eliminate the vermin problem.
“The theater owner had a pest control company come out today and then called for a re-inspection,” said county spokeswoman Karen Doron. “They passed the re-inspection, and the snack bar can now be opened again.”
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