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Renovations in Red Bluff State Theatre's future

Published On: Nov 21 2013 09:06:35 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 21 2013 11:01:20 PM CST
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A non-profit group has made their final payment on the mortgage for the Red Bluff State Theatre; now the mission is to make it the jewel of downtown Red Bluff.

"State Theatre for the Arts" held a mortgage burning party this month, after the non-profit raised enough money to buy the building.

It took about two and a half years to raise the half-a-million needed to buy the building.

The President of the group, Bill Cornelious, said it had to be done.

“If you don’t own the building, you can’t take the next step in terms of restoring it. So if we’re going to move forward and insure that it wasn’t going  to see a wrecking ball, we decided we needed to make the decision and try to buy the theatre.”

The State Theatre is very similar to Redding’s Cascade Theatre, in fact, Cornelius says it’s modeled after it.

"We are hopeful that it'll be much like the Cascade Theatre, and that the historic State Theatre will serve as an anchor for Downtown Red Bluff to restore and refurbish and grow from here."

The sign outside the theatre, referred to as the blade, will be replaced by a new blade, and a marquee with plenty of neon.

Front-of-House Manager Linda Bullock said it will light up the town.

“Once we get that, it’s going to light up the neighborhood. That’ll be the first thing you see as you come off the freeway on Antelope Boulevard, you’ll see that beautiful sign.”

Shows are already lined up for December.

Some of the most popular shows playing next month include the Redding City Ballet doing The Nutcracker, and the North State Symphony Christmas Concert.

The State Theatre of the Arts website has times listed.