Cascade Theatre

1731 Market Street,
Redding, CA 96001

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rivest266 on February 7, 2022 at 4:51 pm

The Cascade theatre opened on August 9th, 1935 with “Ginger”. Grand opening ad posted. Cascade theatre openingCascade theatre opening 09 Aug 1935, Fri The Searchlight (Redding, California)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

Patsy, the Redmond Theatre in the movie was fictional, like the town of Redmond, California, and the University of Redmond. The theater exterior in the movie was the former Orange Theatre in Orange, California, the town where many of the outside scenes were shot. It is now a church, but was dressed as a theater once again for the movie.

The theater auditorium interior shots were filmed at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. It no longer operates as a theater, except for the annual Last Remaining Seats events held by the Los Angeles Conservancy, but in recent years it has been the shooting location for many movies, television shows, and commercials.

The lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre also served as a location for one of the movie’s early scenes, but it wasn’t presented as a theater.

This page at Seeing Stars has some information about the shooting locations for First Daughter, and has a number of stills from the film you’ll probably recognize.

Patsy on October 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

Came upon this art deco gem by accident…trying to find a theatre in California by the name of REDMOND. It was featured in the movie, First Daughter.

plenbart on August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

In the dark years of competition with other theaters (definitely the 80’s and into early 90’s), they split it into 4 screens: 2 enormously tall but narrow downstairs theaters and 2 theaters in the balcony. The separating walls on either floor were very poorly insulated and you could often hear if there was a noisy movie next door.

Mikeyisirish on January 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

A few more photos can be seen here and here.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

A few 2009 photos can be seen here and here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Salih Brothers was the construction and contracting firm that built this theater. I can’t find any evidence anywhere that the firm was ever engaged in architecture or design.

TLSLOEWS on May 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Very nice slidshow jwballer.

Nean024 on May 25, 2006 at 12:48 pm

Does anyone know more about the architect, J. Lloyd Conrich? Did he design other theatres, and specifically in the S.F. Bay Area where his office was located?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 22, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Did I mention that this place rules?

What a great theatre.

kencmcintyre on November 19, 2005 at 4:54 pm

Here is another photo of the Redding Theater:

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kencmcintyre on November 18, 2005 at 3:16 pm

From the UC Davis Collection:

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kencmcintyre on November 18, 2005 at 3:15 pm

Before television, movies were the primary source of entertainment for most people, along with radio. I believe that most theaters in the 1930s and 40s changed their film once a week. The accompanying newsreels were also the only way to see news live, or sort of live. Subsequently, even the smallest town had at least one movie theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2005 at 7:13 pm

ken mc: Redding has long been a good-sized town, usually rivalling Chico in size. Chico has supported at least two theatres at any given time since the 1920s, often three, and may have had as many as five operating at one time, so it isn’t surprising that Redding could support two large downtown theatres.

My first visit to Redding was about 1970, and by that time, many of the old buildings along California Street had been demolished to make way for parking lots serving the downtown businesses along Market Street, one block east. I think the Redding Theatre must have been among those demolished, as I have no recollection of it being there at that time.

The building is interesting. The style, with its Roman arched windows, looks to be late 19th century. This was probably Redding’s first big theatre. I’d bet they called it an opera house when it opened.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2005 at 5:05 pm

Thank you for the information.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 22, 2005 at 12:42 am

ken mc;It is a different theatre. It is the Redding Theatre, 1537 Califormia Street, Redding. CA. that had a seating capacity of 1,002. It currently does not have a listing on Cinema Treasures.

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2005 at 4:20 pm

This looks like a different theater in Redding. I thought this was a small town?

The photo is from the UC Davis Collection:

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kencmcintyre on October 18, 2005 at 4:09 pm

From the UCLA Digital Archive:

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JRC on January 1, 2005 at 12:34 am

Come visit The Cascade Theatre’s resident repertory company at