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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kencmcintyre on October 21, 2005 at 4:03 pm

From the UC Davis Collection:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2005 at 9:49 pm

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 3:10 pm

One more from the UC Davis collection:

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djdewey on November 19, 2006 at 8:57 pm

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 2:17 pm

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

This is the new location.

kencmcintyre on November 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm

There is a 1960 postcard on this site:

TLSLOEWS on November 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

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

TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Nice vintage photo Don.

djdewey on February 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Well, now it’s almost 7 years later after the last comment! The theatre is now managed and operated by STAGE, the volunteer organization that originally was just a support group for the theatre. They are calling this project the “Miracle on Myers”—the miracle being that a group of everyday folks are banding together to restore and operate the theatre as a local Performing Arts Center. Two of the most recent projects have been the repair, with plaster, of four holes in the auditorium ceiling and the installation of an access door for the Solo Organ chamber—a fire-rated door in an 8" thick concrete wall about 12 feet above the stage floor. This project cost about $20K. This is the first stage of the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ restoration and installation. This week the organ parts, which were stored in a city building down by the river were moved to the theatre’s upstairs area and a commercial storage facility above the dam, for their safety. The Theatre is in regular use as the community performing arts center and we do still occasionally show movies, usually art films or silent films, and occasionally classical films. The Projection booth still holds two functioning 35MM projectors and platter systems (as well as reel to reel capability). STAGE is constantly looking for photographs of the theatre, especially needed are interior photos. We are also hoping to find parts of the original blade sign and marquee, but if they aren’t available, reproductions will be built to replace that, um, er, OK, UGLY, Marquee that UA installed back in the 1970s. We have also inspected and have temporarily hung the original auditorium chandeliers, which were just dumped in storage when the theatre was twinned. They are actually in remarkable condition. We would love to find any of the lobby light fixtures; fortunately the same design was used in the Redding (CA) Cascade theatre, so plans are available to replicate them. Check out the STAGE webpage: www.orovillestatetheatre.com.

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