After 73 years, Woodland’s State Theater closes down
WOODLAND, CA — Its future now uncertain, the State Theater closed on Labor Day. Opened in 1936 and triplexed in 1977, the theater retains many of the architectural features given to it by co-designer S. Charles Lee, though its facade was forcibly and drastically altered in 1966. One of two proposals in front of the city council would restore the State and incorporate it into a new multiplex.
Through such personal attention and ticket prices lower than those at Woodland’s other theater —– a five-screen Cinemark multiplex —– Morgan drew enough business to afford first-run Hollywood films, despite lacking the clout of the chains.
Then the recession hit, followed by changes in film-viewing habits. Woodland residents skipped hometown theaters for Sacramento screens with 3-D and digital projection, Morgan said. Or they rented DVDs for $1 at supermarket kiosks.
There is more and a slideshow in this article from the Sacramento Bee.
It’s a shame that’s happening. A lot of people just don’t get how great going to an old cinema can be. (And I’m only in my early 30s).