Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Miller and Pflueger, Architects (firm); James Rupert Miller (architect); Timothy Ludwig Pflueger (architect)

Dates: constructed 1928

2 stories

1489 Myers Street
Downtown, Oroville, CA 95965

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In 1926, T and D Jr. Enterprises, Incorporated, owned by William, Elias and George Nasser and Michael A. Naify, commissioned the San Francisco architectural firm of Miller and Pflueger to design three, small-town theatres in Tulare, Chico and Oroville, CA. The State Theatre in Oroville opened on April 7, 1928, staging vaudeville shows, screening films, and hosting a myriad of civic meetings and ceremonies. It functioning until 1986 as a cinema. When United Artists sought to sell the property, the City of Oroville paid $200,000 to secure the building as a performing arts space. The transfer occurred on 09/30/1986. The city first restored the State into a single screen venue, capable of staging various performance types. During renovation in the summer of 1988, an electrical fire damaged portions of the interior. In 2013, the theatre's main floor seated 608 patrons, fewer than originally due to alterations needed to comply with ADA requirements. A balcony seating about 400 was still being fixed c. 2013.

Its last private owner, United Artists, remodeled the State into two auditoriums to make it more profitable.

PCAD id: 18769