1731 Market Street,
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When the Cascade Theatre was built in 1935, Redding’s population was only 7000, but this opulent movie palace seated almost 1350. Designed by San Francisco architect J. Lloyd Conrich, and built by T & D, Jr. Enterprises, the Cascade was constructed in the midst of the Depression as a showcase for first run movies and vaudeville.
Architecturally, the Cascade is still one of the finest examples of Art Deco in northern California, complete with gold and silver gilded walls, ornate plasterwork, a grand neon marquee, and intricate decorative painting. Other signifcant architectural elements include a detailed cast concrete frieze at its parapet, an original painted WPA-style mural depicting north state industry, magnificent chandeliers, ornate cast iron seat end standards, and period balustrades.
For six decades, the Cascade Theatre was a staple attraction for Redding’s downtown, drawing people in to see motion pictures, vaudeville acts, and music performances. Local businesses thrived, restaurants had a stream of customers, and downtown Redding was a bustling center for culture and commerce. And the community had a place to call its own; for films, concerts, recitals, church services, and civic ceremoniesthe Cascade was the heart and soul of downtown Redding.
But like many downtown theaters of its era, the Cascade struggled with the rise of multiplex cinemas. After years of struggling, the Cascade closed in 1997.
In August of 2004, the Cascade was reopened after a restoration project as a multi-use performing arts venue and movie theater.
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