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Tom Hanks donates to Red Bluff State Theatre

By TANG LOR -DN Staff Writer

Posted: 01/12/2010 07:12:44 AM PST

Updated: 01/12/2010 07:12:44 AM PST

The State Theatre’s newly refurbished doors will open to the community for some magical movie screenings thanks to a donation by actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.

The State Theatre for the Arts Board of Directors decided to split the donation between two projects with half going toward work on the building and the other half being given back to the community, said Venita Philbrick, board president.

This grant allows us to give back to the community for all the support that we’ve had over the 10 years, she said.

The doors at the entrance of the theatre are being restored to their original grandeur. The inside panels are already complete and the outer doors are just about done.

Through the project The Magic of Movies, five nonprofit organizations have been chosen to hold a fundraising event at the State Theatre, which includes a showing of a movie of the organizations’ choice, preferably featuring Hanks.

The organizations will be allowed to hold the events free of charge and keep all proceeds except $1 of ticket sales, which will go to the theater board. The board will pay for the cost of the films, licensing fees and costs associated with operating the venue with the Hanks donation.

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