Red Bluff’s historical State Theatre will close in July
* By Janet O’Neill
* Posted February 4, 2010 at 11:04 p.m.
It has all the makings of a Hollywood screenplay – money, passion and suspense.
And while the story of the historic State Theatre continues to unfold, no one seems to know what will happen after it closes June 30.
“It’s going to be a loss to the community,” said Joe Palubeski, drama and performing arts instructor at Red Bluff High School. “That theater is not only a landmark, but a cultural center for our community.”
In 1999, the State Theatre for the Arts (STFTA) became tenants of the shuttered movie house. Over the ensuing decade, volunteers toiled to make repairs and renovations, creating a home for events as diverse as high school graduations, films, concerts, traveling shows and spelling bees.
“It’s still yet to be seen what the next step will be,” Venita Philbrick, president of STFTA’s 13-member board of directors, said Wednesday.
She announced the closure in the nonprofit group’s November newsletter: “It has become increasingly clear that our parallel efforts of operation and restoration are no longer feasible.”