Tuesday, October 20, 2015

THE CASCADE THEATRE

THE CASCADE THEATRE

   On Friday, August 9, 1935, the Cascade Theatre held its grand opening in Redding at 6:30 p.m. inside the new Art Deco building located at 1731 Market Street with an entertaining schedule consisting of five "units" including the movie Ginger starring Jane Withers as the headlining film. The rest of the lineup consisted of Cookie Carnival, Walt Disney's Silly Symphony, a theatrical screen program of dancing and singing, Thicker Than Water and a comedy presented by Laurel & Hardy. That night a dedication was made by the following people: State Senator J.B. McCall, Mayor William Menzel, and Chamber of Commerce President Harry Thompson with two thousand people in attendance. The building contained a seating capacity of 1348 and a vaudeville stage inside. Every week new theatrical movies were held here. It was closed in 1997 and in 1999 it was purchased by Jefferson Public Radio and renovated by them. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well.




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