Auburn’s State Theater enjoying new life

posted by CSWalczak on July 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

AUBURN, CA — This city’s 1930 State Theater is experiencing a renaissance. Owned and operated by the Auburn-Placer Performing Arts Center, its marquee and vertical have been replaced, and one of its former twin auditoriums is now functioning after refurbishing. New 35mm projection equipment has been installed so that classic films can be shown appropriately. The long range plan is to return the theater to its original single auditorium status and use it for both film showings and live performances.

APPAC hired an expert to sanitize old theater seats stacked up in storage while the theater’s previous operator, who showed mostly independent films under the “Old State Theater” banner, used different seats. Volunteers bolted down 130 of those cleaned-up seats and erected a stage that since has held acoustic folk and pop artists as well as local theatrical groups and the Auburn Symphony Chamber Players.

“There is cloth on the walls, so the acoustics are considered pretty decent,” said board member Richard Del Balso, 60, an Auburn chiropractor.

Here the story from the Sacramento Bee

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