Memories and appreciation for having worked in a theater inspire woman to donate $125,000 to Auburn’s State Theater
AUBURN, CA — She did not do it for notoriety, but as a personal memorial to having worked in a movie theater during the Great Depression. Viola Wrigley recently gave $125,000 to the effort to restore Auburn’s State Theater as a performing arts center.
Wrigley, 93, worked at the Tulare County city of Exeter’s movie house as a girl during the Depression era.
Jobs were hard to come by and Wrigley started out as a flashlight-wielding usherette before graduating to trusted cashier at the family owned enterprise.
The money she earned helped put her through college in Visalia and sent her on her way into a successful design and business career that continues to this day.
There’s more in the Auburn Journal.