State Theater

322 Main Street,
Woodland, CA 95695

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State Theater interior

The 999-seat State Theater was built in 1936 by Redwood Theatres and Fox West Coast Theatres, to replace a theatre that was destroyed by fire.

In 1977, two additional screens were built adjacent to the original theater. Seating in the main original auditorium is on a stadium plan, with a raised section at the rear (no overhanging balcony).

The State Theater was closed on September 6, 2010. After a remodel by new operators Cinema West, it was reopened as a 10-screen theatre on June 28, 2017.

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CSWalczak on September 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

It is sad to report, but according to a brief mention in this article, this theater is closing as of September 6, 2010 after seventy-three years: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 6, 2010 at 4:09 am

The intro currently says the State was built by Redland Theatres. It should read Redwood Theatres.

Also, the article CWalczak linked to on Dec 8, 2009, credits both S. Charles Lee and William B. David with the design of this theater. It’s probably correct. David was connected with Redwood Theatres from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, serving as the chain’s construction manager and a vice president.

Trolleyguy on September 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

Here is another article on the closing:

View link

Check out the slide show that accompanies the article. This theater could be expanded and re-opened.

CSWalczak on September 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

Let us hope that the plan that would include the current State building as part of a new multiplex is the one that succeeds in getting approved. A similar plan helped bring the Alameda Theater in Oakland back to cinema use.

CSWalczak on December 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

An update on the wrangling over the future of the State and a competing proposal:

Trolleyguy on August 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

Work has started to rebuild the State into a 10-screen multiplex scheduled to open in 2016. Copy and paste the following link to read the story:

Trolleyguy on August 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

Just added a photo of the auditorium renovation.

Trolleyguy on June 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm

The State is reopening Friday June 30, 2017 after being shut for renovations since 2010.

Trolleyguy on September 9, 2017 at 11:02 am

Just added a picture of the new stylized marquee and front of the theater and a picture of an auditorium.

terrywade on November 19, 2017 at 3:36 pm

They did a semi nice job in the large cinema but they have the pre show white lights so high It ruins the screen image. Bring on some color blue lights like they had before. The other cinemas are way to small for me. At least Cinema West has saved the State for a future generation to enjoy. The new generation has no idea how nice the place was before with curtains and color lights.

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