Built in 1928 by renown California architect Timothy Pfluger, 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.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The original 1920 Paramount horror silent release starring John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst and Nita Naldi, and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ with Dave Moreno at the console.
Ticket prices include bottled water and bag of popcorn. Beer and wine for sale in the lobby. Tumbler cups only in the auditorium.
Reserved Section STAGE Members—$12
General Seating STAGE Members—$8
Whet your Whistle! Whistling Contest Tryouts
Tryouts for the Whistling Contest will be held November 2nd at Purple Line Urban Winery where INUNZ will provide the music for “Steak It Up” night.
Come whet your whistle with some delicious wine and show us your whistling talents! Then enjoy the food and entertainment.
Qualifiers will perform on stage at the Oroville State Theatre during intermission on November 9. You could be the lucky winner!
Purple Line Urban Winery
760 Safford Ave, Oroville
Strive Presents Seussical
Strive Dance and Performing Arts performs Seussical, a musical based on the children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, with most of its plot being based on Horton Hears a Who! while incorporating many other stories.
Two performances (two casts):
Friday, November 2 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 3 – 6:00 PM
Oroville Concert Association presents Five Sax
A modern-style international saxophone quintet performing a repertoire rooted in classical music, venturing into American jazz, South American Latin styles, and European folk music. Adding a theatrical element, Five Sax creates a strong connection with the audience and a spontaneous approach to making music. Imaginative programming mirroring the diversity of its members.
Classic Film Series
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Special Veterans Day Event — Nov. 9, 2018
Veterans: Free admission
It Happened One Night
Special Valentine’s Day Event — Feb. 14, 2019
Special Western Event — Apr. 12, 2019
These aren’t just movie showings, these are EVENTS loaded with entertainment and surprises for the whole family. If you attended the Casablanca Valentine’s Event earlier this year, then you know what we’re talking about.
All films start at 7:00 PM; doors open at 6:30 PM
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Special Veterans Day Event includes:
• Full-length classic film
• FREE popcorn, bottled water, and commemorative pin
• Beer and wine available
• Live 1940s piano music in the lobby
• National Anthem performed by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ
• A short film on the history of Veterans Day
• Color guard presentation
• Whistling contest during intermission
November 9, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Reserved Section – $20
Reserved Section STAGE Members and Veterans – $16
General Seating – $15
General Seating STAGE Members and Veterans – $12
A Night of Southern Gospel Music
Doors open at 6:00 PM. Please feel free to come early and bring others with you to this free event.
The Magic of Christmas
Cocktail Party and Fundraiser to benefit the historic Oroville State Theatre
• Hors-d-oeuvres provided by The Patio
• Wines provided by Long Creek Winery
• Silent Auction (decorated trees and theme baskets)
• Strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers
• Holiday Sweets Table
• First, second, and third place prizes for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater
• Have your picture taken with Santa!
The Magic of Christmas
Children’s Holiday Event
Kids get in free to this holiday event featuring live readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker with cameos by Northern California School of Ballet. Santa will make a special appearance with a free gift for each child.
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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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