Built in 1928 by renown California architect Timothy Pflueger, the Oroville State Theatre was one of many California theaters owned and operated by the Turner & Dahnken Circuit, one of the largest independently owned theater chains in the country. The late 1920s were a period of prosperity in Oroville, reflected by a number of major building commissions, an abundant agricultural industry and ultimately the gold rush which lent support to Oroville’s economy during the early years of the Great Depression.
Over time the City of Oroville has experienced economic peeks of strength and growth as well as the turbulence of struggles and challenges. The fate of the theatre has been passenger to that roller coaster ride. During one downturn, the Theatre was sold to United Artists who modernized several aspects of the theatre, but with considerable loss to the interior detail and damage to the Theatre’s infrastructure. UA held the Theatre for only a short time before seeking to divest itself of the project.
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In 2014, the Oroville City Council voted unanimously to approve a contract allowing the State Theatre Arts Guild (STAGE) to operate and manage the Oroville State Theatre.
Today, the theatre provides several types of services: live performances featuring celebrated artists; co-sponsored performances as a collaboration between two or more local organizations; and a rentable venue for community events such as graduations, recitals and city meetings.
The historic Oroville State Theatre is staffed exclusively by an all-volunteer team of workers and supporters who come together to be a part of the ongoing “Miracle on Myers Street”— a community project named not only for sustaining the Theatre’s day-to-day operations but promoting the dream of completely restoring the building to its original appearance and ambiance.
Important: You will receive an electronic receipt by email. Print and present the receipt at the box office for admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain time.
The theatre seats 600 and is available for use by any qualified applicant. Non-profit organizations must be recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service. Click below for more info:
The State Theatre Arts Guild (STAGE) was formed in the early 1970’s and was originally called the Oroville Community Center Committee. The original charter was to work with the City of Oroville to develop a performing arts center in its downtown district. When United Artists announced its intent to divest the State Theatre in the mid-1980s, the City of Oroville committed to purchasing the Theatre. Committee funds were given to the City to assist in the purchase, the initial remodel and operation of the Theatre.
Incorporated in 1979, STAGE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation owned by the membership consisting primarily of the residents of greater Oroville (however, there are no residency requirements to be a member of STAGE). After the acquisition of the Theatre, STAGE remained a community organization that saw its role as that of guardian of the Theatre. STAGE has worked with the City to secure a grant to restore the exterior façade and has raised funds to acquire a Wurlitzer pipe organ to replace the original organ.
The City of Oroville eventually announced that it was unable to continue its support of the Historic Oroville State Theatre and on June 17, 2014, turned over the operation and management of the Theatre to the State Theatre Arts Guild. It is STAGE’s vision to ensure the success of the Theatre, to bring it back to its purpose and potential as the “Jewel of the Historic Downtown District” and to spark a revival of economic prosperity for the Theatre, the business community and the City of Oroville as a whole.
Currently, STAGE has over 1,000 members on whom we rely to renew their memberships each January in order to cover operating costs. With an annual donation of only $25 (individual) or $50 (family), you can become a member of STAGE and be part of the “Miracle on Myers Street”.
For repair and renovation costs we look to local individuals and benefactors for their generous donations. As STAGE and the community step up to take on this challenge, we need financial help not only from individuals, but businesses, community development foundations, and grants. We call this project the “Miracle on Myers Street” and urge you to become involved.
The Oroville State Theatre is operated by an all-vounteer group of individuals who graciously donate their time and talents to a wide variety of tasks.
To become a volunteer, contact Amanda Wentz at (530) 538-0123 or email her using the form below.
We thank you for your tax-deductable donation to help support the revival and renovation of the Historic Oroville State Theatre.
“May the State find you often within its walls, delighting in its photo plays, enjoying its stage presentations, reveling in its enchanting music. Ours is the business of making people happy. We deem it the highest privilege to be so engaged.”
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