Oroville State Theatre

1489 Myers Street,
Oroville, CA 95965

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The State Theatre opened April 7, 1928 with a seating capacity of 1,529, and was originally equipped with a Wurlitzer organ. It was built for and operated by T & D. Jr. Enterprises.

In the late-1970’s, United Artists twinned the State Theatre. The theatre was purchased by the City of Oroville in 1983. The dividing wall was removed in the 1980’s, and films returned. Since then, performing arts have become the main program, with some films shown.

The Oroville State Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2005 at 3:18 pm

There is some information about the Oroville State Theater on the City of Oroville web site. The theater’s schedule of events is available there, as well.

The ultimate seating capacity of this 1928 house will be 1000, once the balcony is fully restored. Current seating is 608, on the main floor.

Surprisingly, the total expenditure for the purchase and renovation of this theater in 1986-87 was less than $700,000, including the cost of asbestos removal.

Originally built for San Francisco-based exhibitors Turner and Danken, the State was operated in its last years as a twinned movie house by United Artists.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 28, 2005 at 5:49 am

The City of Oroville has altered its web site, and the link in my comment above no longer works.

Here is the current link for the Oroville State Theatre page.

kencmcintyre on November 18, 2005 at 11:10 pm

One more from the UC Davis collection:

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djdewey on November 20, 2006 at 4:57 am

1928 Vaudeville/Film Theater, originally equipped with a model D
Wurlitzer Theater Organ (which has been located and is expected to be returned to the theater during the interior restoration). Was split into a duplex by UA in the late 70s. Purchased by the City of Oroville in 1983. Dividing wall removed and interior cleaned, then operated primarily as a film theater, it is now primarily a live performing arts theater, but still occasionally shows films.

Exterior restoration scheduled to begin in spring 2007. Funding to replicate the original marquee and flag sign is being sought, as well as interior restoration, including re-opening of the balcony is also in the planning stages. The original auditorium light fixtures have been found in storage, but no lobby fixtures have been found. Currently searching =
for any interior photos of the theater.=20

Much of the original three-dimensional auditorium interior trim still =
exists, covered by hardboard, easily removed!=20

Long-range plans call for the original 1928 grandeur to be =
restored/replicated with the building becoming the Oroville State =
Theatre Performing Arts Center.


David Dewey

Cultural Facilities Curator

City of Oroville, CA

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm

The City of Oroville has moved its State Theatre web page again.

This is the new location.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2009 at 12:18 am

There is a 1960 postcard on this site:

TLSLOEWS on November 26, 2009 at 12:35 am

1960 Picture looks much cooler than the 1980s.No Vertical and cheap looking sign.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

From the mid 1930s a photo of the State Theater in Oroville.

TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Nice vintage photo Don.

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