State Theatre

333 Oak Street,
Red Bluff, CA 96080

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State Theatre -- Red Bluff (Official)

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Previously operated by: T & D Jr. Enterprises

Architects: Alexander Aimwell Cantin, Alexander Mackenzie Cantin

Firms: Cantin and Cantin

Functions: Movies (Revival), Performing Arts

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 530.529.2787
Manager: 530.529.2787

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State Theatre

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. It was renamed State Theatre on April 1, 1929, 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 multiple screening rooms within the theater’s original auditorium.

As these walls have come down, the murals on the auditorium walls have become more prominent. The theatre recently received a preservation award from the Art Deco Society of California and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Venita Philbrick

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

MADDRICK on June 27, 2005 at 3:38 pm

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

robertgippy on December 5, 2006 at 6:25 am

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 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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 on January 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Here is a November 1968 ad from the Red Bluff Daily News:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for the ad ken mc.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

JohnRice on October 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Nice to see that the State continues to flourish in 2014 with name musical acts, community events and even classic movie nights.

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