Old State Theater bowing out of Lincoln Way location Thursday

Owner moves to start new theater in Auburn area, make way for live performances
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The Old State Theater ends its four-year run at its Downtown Auburn location on Thursday. Owner Theresa Cote announced late last month that she had decided to move by Dec. 20 to a new location to let building’s non-profit owner the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center organization move ahead with a plan to modify the Lincoln Way theater for live performances. Thursday’s last night will include a free film – a 4 p.m. showing of “High School Musical 3” – and free small bags of popcorn for other screenings of “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Fireproof.” “It will be a nice little farewell,” Cote said. The Old State Theater is now in position to move to another location in the Auburn area, with Cote looking at four different sites. But she’ll also be supporting efforts by the Performing Arts Center that eventually will see a new, medium-sized theater emerge behind the recently erected, art deco-style State Theater sign. “I really want to support the Performing Arts Center and I’m prepared to do fundraising,” Cote said. “This whole move is about getting out for the way for the dream of a performing arts center.” – Gus Thomson