State Theatre

333 Oak Street,
Red Bluff, CA 96080

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State Theatre, Red Bluff, California - 2012

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The current State Theatre is actually the second building on this site to be called the State Theatre.

The first structure, originally known as the Opera House, was built in 1908, but was destroyed by fire in 1944. Two years later, the owners T & D Theatres built the current State Theatre on the same site, opening on May 24, 1946 with Allan Ladd in “The Blue Dahlia”. The State Theatre had 1,160 seats on a stadium plan. The proscenium was 24 feet wide, the stage being 40 feet wide and 16 feet deep.

The State Theatre has now reopened as a performing arts center. Renovation in 2008 includes the removal of walls that were added to create mulitple screening rooms within the theater’s original auditorium.

As these walls have come down, the theater’s murals have become more prominent. And the theater recently received a preservation award from the Art Deco Society of California.

Contributed by Venita Philbrick

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

MADDRICK
MADDRICK on April 14, 2005 at 7:44 pm

Currently, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been showing there recently at midnight…once a month.

MADDRICK
MADDRICK on June 27, 2005 at 11:38 pm

During Civil War re-enactment. Gone With the Wind was shown.
In July 2005, Casablanca & Wizard of Oz will be shown.

robertgippy
robertgippy on December 5, 2006 at 2:25 pm

The murals in this theater, (murals of two women warriors riding on winged horses on clouds) are a almost exact duplicate of the murals at the Bal Theater in San Leandro! I am pleased to see that this theater is under renovation – I hope that the curtain was preserved. It is a beautiful theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2010 at 2:35 am

Here is a manager that knew how to promote.Today,so called theatre managers have no idea what we did back in the old days. Manager Joe Seery dressed up a horse and marched the horse through town tp PROMOTE “ THE HORSE IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT'. Nice going Joe. Hope you read CT. Feb. 10 1969. Just a bit more history.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

Here is a November 1968 ad from the Red Bluff Daily News:
http://tinyurl.com/yjcg8vn

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 3, 2010 at 1:24 am

Thanks for the ad ken mc.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

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