Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center

985 Lincoln Way,
Auburn, CA 95603

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DavidZornig on May 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm

I posted a wider image of the Joel Windmiller photo. Still can’t make out the films on the marquee though.

DavidZornig on September 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Circa 1929 image added courtesy of Joel Windmiller.

JohnRice on April 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (formally the State Theatre) reopened in October 2014 with the planned improvements as detailed in the post above this one completed. Six year old seats formerly installed in Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre were also purchased and installed.

JohnRice on September 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

From a September 2013 press release from the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (formerly State Theater):

“Tear Down the Wall, Bring Up the Arts! Donate and Celebrate on October 5, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.”

“Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (APPAC) has launched a fundraising campaign to expand and upgrade the State Theatre at 985 Lincoln Way, in downtown Auburn. This work will include removing the center wall that currently divides the theater, increasing seating capacity from its current 130 seats to 275 seats, reopening and upgrading the original proscenium and stage, rebuilding the green room beneath the stage, and making American Disability Act (ADA) improvements to a restroom and stage access. A very exciting aspect of this project is the cost: an estimated $300,000.

“Upon completion in mid year-2014, we will be able to provide an expanded and improved facility that will serve our community far better than our current theater does” said Paul Ogden, President of APPAC. “This will allow us to attract entertainers who require a larger venue and to provide more variety to our audiences. This is the next logical step to build upon the solid foundation we’ve built. We believe this is a needed community project with significant cultural and economic benefits”.

AimeeC on June 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

“It was converted from a single screen theater to a duplex in 1972 at which time the balcony was converted into offices.”

It was not converted to a duplex in 1972. The balcony WAS converted to offices at that time, but the screen wasn’t split until years later. I know, because I went to see movies there as a child. I remember the big velvet curtains pulling back before the films would start…and I wasn’t born until 1973. ;)

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

A few 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

dplomin1954 on July 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The marquee at night looks GREAT! Beautiful colors.

CSWalczak on June 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Here’s an article that updates the status of the State Theater in Auburn: View link One of the two auditoriums has been renovated, and new 35mm projection installed. The eventual plan is to return the theater to a single auditorium. Movies are being shown again along with live performances. The State is now owned and operated by the Auburn-Placer Performing Arts Center and the official website is now:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2008 at 12:53 am

Southwest Builder & Contractor, issue of March 28, 1930, said that architect Rudolph Falkenrath, Jr. had been authorized to proceed with the final working drawings for a 1200 seat, reinforced concrete theater building to be built at Auburn, for the Auburn Amusement Company.

CSWalczak on December 4, 2008 at 7:59 pm

OK, here’s the story:
View link

This would appear to create an odd situation for the theater’s entry on CT as the article indicates that the owner has copyrighted the name “Old State Theater” and apparently intends to use it as the name of her relocated cinema. I think this theater’s status should now be, or soon be, closed.

CSWalczak on December 4, 2008 at 7:01 pm

According to its website, the Old State Theatre is “moving” from its current address after Dec. 4, 2008. Does anyone know what this means?

GaryParks on April 14, 2006 at 8:59 pm

I saw the exterior and was allowed inside the State in the early 1990s. At the time, there was very little to look at, the twin auditoriums being draped in pleated fabric. I remember guessing that perhaps the balcony had been converted to other uses. Apparently I guessed correctly. I photographed a mural in the outer lobby area—which appeared to be an original decorative feature—which depicted a birds-eye view of Auburn, flanked by clusters of agricultural bounty. It’s nice to hear that this much-altered theatre is on a comeback trail.