Empire Theater

1555 Meyers Street,
Oroville, CA 95966

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Empire Theater

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Originally opened as the Rex Theater in 1906. It was gutted by fire in 1943. It was refurbished within the original walls and reopened as the Empire Theater around 1945. It was closed in the late-1950’s/early-1960’s and was converted into three retail units, while the stage was used for storage.

Today the stage area is in use as a dance studio.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 30, 2009 at 11:08 pm

The Empire Theatre was located within the walls of the Rex Theatre, which was gutted by fire in 1943. Due to wartime restrictions on construction, rebuilding was delayed until permission was granted by the War Production Board. The February 17, 1945, issue of Boxoffice Magazine reported that the board had authorized rebuilding to continue. A spring, 1945 opening was expected.

After the Empire was closed, the theater was converted to retail space for three shops, and the former stage was used for storage until it was converted into a dance studio, which it remains today.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm

A 1918 book, History of Butte County, California, by George C. Mansfield, says that the Rex Theatre was built around 1906 by Lewis Slissman and William C. Goodenow.

The NRHP registration form for the State Theatre says that the Rex was refurbished in 1927, and reopened on July 2. At this time the Rex was operated by Harry Seipel and A.B.C. Chamberlain, who also operated the Gardella Theatre in Oroville as well as theaters in Palo Alto and Crockett.

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