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Historic local movie theater to reopen with electric recliners, beer and wine

An artist’s rendering of Woodland’s long-in-the-works State Theatre and Multiplex, scheduled to open June 30.
An artist’s rendering of Woodland’s long-in-the-works State Theatre and Multiplex, scheduled to open June 30. Cinema West

The renovated, expanded Woodland State Theatre is scheduled to open June 30, nearly three years after the project first was announced and seven years after the then-careworn 1937 Streamline Moderne movie house ended its original run.

The 10-screen State Theatre and Multiplex incorporates the historic theater, using its largest auditorium as the multiplex’s 290-seat main house. Each auditorium will hold electric recliner seats. An in-house cafe will sell beer, wine and meal-quality food that movie patrons can carry to their seats. The cafe will be open to non-movie goers as well.

Cinema West, the Petaluma company that also owns Folsom’s Palladio 16 and Palladio LUXE multiplexes, has worked to restore ceiling artwork and other original art-deco features in the main auditorium, while also installing new seats. The auditorium originally held more than 900 seats.

“The seating has been modified to meet today’s code requirements and accommodate recliner seating,” Cinema West owner Dave Corkill said. The city of Woodland contributed $2.7 million to the $10 million project.

Construction took nearly two years, partly because of a switch in contractors. “Remodeling an old building of this type is a bigger project than building a new theater of this type,” Corkill said.

Those who want to see inside the renovated State before June 30 can attend a June 28 $100-a-ticket gala benefitting local charities and organizations.

Look for The Bee’s own video preview of the new theater later this month.

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