Oroville State Theatre

1489 Myers Street,
Oroville, CA 95965

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djdewey on January 2, 2020 at 7:40 am

The Lobby Mural is mostly restored, and original finishes are being applied to the lobby walls and ceiling. A replica of the original drinking fountain has also been created. The Reconstruction of the original marquee is complete and it now lights up the entire block. Contract for replication of the lobby chandeliers has been let, and it is hoped they will be hanging in the lobby this summer.

djdewey on June 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Finally getting time to post an update. The organ is almost finished, and is still being played at almost every event. The big news is that STAGE received some major grants and are in the process of uncovering for restoration the stairway mural in the Lobby. Paint has also been stripped on selected places of the lobby walls and ceiling to determine the paint colors and decorative finishes. Repainting is scheduled for this summer, AND the replication of the long lost blade sign and wrap-around marquee has been let out for contract. We plan on a grand re-lighting ceremony early in October. Along with the grants, STAGE has entered into escrow to assume ownership of the Theatre; a major significant step in the theatre’s preservation and restoration. Next summer a new roof is planned too!

djdewey on April 15, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Well, here it is April 15, 2018, last weekend STAGE chttp://cinematreasures.org/login?return_to=http%3A%2F%2Fcinematreasures.org%2Ftheaters%2F5859elebrated the theatre’s 90th anniversary with the debut of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ accompanying two silent films with a nearly sold-out crowd of about 500 folks (we can seat 60 if everyone can find a seat!). Check out the Historic State Theatre’s facebook page for some pics and reports. The Wurlitzer’s restoration and installation is the first major restoration work and has generated much positive “vibes” in the community. There’s still organ work to do with its dedication planned for October 2018.But right now, the Historic State Theatre joins the small ranks of theatres with a pipe organ in them, one of only about 200 in the USA!

djdewey on February 18, 2017 at 2:51 am

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.

TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Nice vintage photo Don.

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 November 26, 2009 at 12:35 am

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

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2009 at 12:18 am

There is a 1960 postcard on this site:

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.

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

kencmcintyre on November 18, 2005 at 11:10 pm

One more from the UC Davis collection:

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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.

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.