Lyvia’s House Once Again on the Big Screen

A Feature Length Film Created in Yuba-Sutter

After more than a year on the film festival trail, Lyvia’s House is back for a final showing at the Sutter Theater Center for the Arts where it all began.  The film had its world premiere just about a year ago in Yuba City so in case you missed it, this is your chance to see it in all its big-screen glory before it goes to streaming.  Lyvia’s House is a psychological thriller filmed on location right here in the Yuba-Sutter area. It includes a cast of local actors working alongside some outside seasoned professionals.  This production is truly organic to our area as the premise for the story comes from a series of missing persons incidents that occurred here years ago. 

The Lyvia’s House cast and crew are coming home to share their labor of love with the community that helped to create the film. On Friday, January 19th at 6pm, Sutter Theater Center for the Arts will host a gala event and final screening of the film. The ticket price is $20. Tickets are available at yubasutterarts.org. Last year’s screening sold out so don’t delay purchasing tickets. 

So, what is Lyvia’s House about?  Up-and-coming journalist Tara Manning has a job she loves and a posh lifestyle in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Everything changes when Tara falls in love with aspiring architect Johnny Beers, and he asks her to move in with him, six hundred miles away, to a house previously owned by an Italian artist named Lyvia.  Lyvia’s house sits in front of a walnut orchard in the rural California town of River Oaks. In the couple’s new neighborhood, talk of the lovely young Lyvia is dismissive, even mocking. And yet, Tara soon begins to suspect the artist’s disappearance has something to do with serial murders committed twenty years earlier. As Tara sees and hears things that become more and more irrational, she starts to doubt her own sanity. But is she truly experiencing a dissolving sense of reality, or is she simply unaware of the tortured relationships of those surrounding her? The film is inspired by true events.

The evening will include a meet and greet with the cast and crew and you’re likely to see many of your favorite local actors who appear in the film. It will be a night to remember as we help demonstrate why Yuba-Sutter has so much to offer to the filmmaking community and why the creation of the Yuba-Sutter Film Commission will be an asset to economic development in the region. 



The Sutter Theater Center for the Arts is the area’s premier performing arts venue with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Come see what it is all about and help support community filmmakers and performing artists.  Yubasutterarts.org. 

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