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‘Casablanca’ draws crowds

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One year in the books, and what an anniversary it was! Thursday’s (Aug. 19) showing of “Casablanca” at the State Theater again showcased the wonderful asset this vintage theater has become for Auburn and the surrounding area. The support of our community has been overwhelming during this first year of bringing movies back to the State. That bodes well for the future of the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, the nonprofit which owns and operates the theater. Amid all the excitement of the pre-movie dinner and piano music in the patio area and Marquee Room, we were dismayed to learn that approximately 70 people had to be turned away, since our intimate little theater only has 130 seats (the eventual renovation will increase that to 450-plus). It is our belief that even a single disappointed patron is one too many, so we listened to your input and have decided to add an extra Sunday 2 p.m. matinee and sell a limited number of advance tickets for each future monthly film. Since all of our staff are volunteers, we ask anyone who might be interested in helping to contact the APPAC office. And to those who volunteered during our inaugural year of showing films, a big thank you — we couldn’t have done it without your help! We pledge to continue offering the best in both film and live performances for the cultural enrichment of Auburn. Richard A. Del Balso, volunteer board member, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center