State Theater in Woodland, CA may be ripe for revitalization

posted by CSWalczak on December 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm

WOODLAND, CA — Passed over in recent years as a target for regeneration, prospects for a revitalized State Theater, a 1937 S. Charles Lee design, may be brightening. A recent article looks at some recent events the may be pointing toward the city’s taking a fresh look at the State, and notes how other theaters in some other California have been restored when vision, planning, civic determination, and the right mix of public and private funding are in place.

The State, situated on Main Street between Walnut and Elm, has – up until just recently —– been ignored by the City of Woodland as “closed session” discussions focused on locating Main Street theater complexes between Third and Fourth (north of Main) and between Fifth and Sixth (south of Main). Both the Third Street plan and the Fifth Street plan were connected to the New Woodland Courthouse (to be built by the State of California) and the associated ill-fated downtown garage (that the city was gung-ho to build for the courthouse).

But now that the Golden State seems settled to build their new courts at the Fifth Street site and now that the city’s downtown garage project has died on the vine, there seems to be a shift in redevelopment prioritization – possibly giving our neglected State Theatre a chance to glow once again in the historic downtown.

Read the full story in the Woodland Record.

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