Cancer survivor Jackie Nadile is merging the tavern concept with a screening room to create Public House Theater in Sacramento’s Tahoe Park neighborhood.
“I got the idea probably about 15 years ago when I went up to Portland and went to one of the pub theaters up there, McMenamins,” Nadile said. “I was there on vacation, and a friend of mine from there had told me to check out this place, and I did and I loved it. My place is a little bit different than up there because our pub is separate.”
Nadile said she decided to separate her screening room because she found it awkward in Portland to get up and get a beer while the movie was playing.
A former anesthesia technician at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Nadile left the health-care field after she survived a battle with colon cancer. She chose the location, at 5440 14th Ave., because it wasn’t far from her home and she thought her concept would be well-received by neighbors.
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The Public House Theater got off to a soft opening last week, and Nadile isn’t charging yet for the entertainment on the big screen. Once the place officially opens, movies will be $4 and the screening room will be available for rent. She’s serving sodas, wine and craft beers on tap from Bike Dog, New Glory and American River brewing companies. The pub fare must wait until after the health inspection, but it will include paninis. One offering will combine almond butter, jelly, jalapeño and bacon, while another will have pastrami, cream cheese, olives and jalapeños.
To keep costs low, Nadile enlisted her friend, Norma Ford, to help make the renovations. Ford will be the manager at Public House Theater.
“We put the bar in probably about a month or so ago,” the 49-year-old Nadile said. “We had to totally renovate this place because it was in pretty bad shape, but I wanted to keep it in Tahoe Park.”
A word of advice: Don’t try to enter on 14th Avenue. The Public House front door actually faces the back parking lot.