About, Cameo Cinema
The Cameo Cinema
As anyone who watched James Stewart’s George Bailey greeting Bedford
Falls’ Bijou Cinema in the classic It’s A Wonderful Life knows - local
and independent movie theaters are an integral part of a town’s
experience and lifestyle.
Founded in 1913, St. Helena’s Cameo Cinema is Napa Valley’s oldest independent cinema; it is a keystone business in a historic downtown that preserves the character of the community. Under the direction of owner Cathy Buck, the Cameo is a thriving Main Street mainstay, whose programs reach some of the Bay Area’s most engaged, lively and adventurous people! Our loyal patrons confirm that the unique power of cinema not only endures, it continues to blaze bright.
Friends of the Cameo
Meet Cathy Buck
Enter Hi, I'm Cathy Buck...the Cameo Cinema proprietor. I was born Catherine
Huggett in Battle Creek, Michigan. I have three extraordinary children! My oldest Jason resides in
St. Helena; my twins, Jessica and Jeremy live in Florida and New York, respectively. Jess and her husband
Chad are both physicians and have gifted me with two grandchildren. I moved to "shangri-la" (Napa Valley) 10 years ago and am
still pinching myself. I came from a 20-plus year career in real estate
and decided to see where this California road would take me. I was fortunate
when a friend shared that the Cameo was up for sale - we bought it. This is an incredible journey, one filled with lots
of stories, and it's with great pleasure that I say....dreams really do
A Short History of the Cameo Cinema
On May 15, 1913 the G&G Theater opened in tiny St. Helena,
California, showing the silent movie Kings of the Forest to a sold-out audience.
This "epic adventure" was produced by Selig, one of the earliest and
most well-known of the silent film companies. The G&G Theater
boasted "400 seats 150 opera chairs, a modern stage
and two stdanding sets." It quickly became the cultural center of this
small agricultural community, rivaled only by the local churches. In
1915 it was renamed the Liberty Theatre and featured many D.W.
Griffith's epics - Intolerance, Hearts of the World, Way Down East and Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.