20070215 State Theatre

Large. Marysville, California's Little Detroit. I was surprised to find that this very large single-screen theater was operating as recently as 1999 (according to Cinema Treasures). Marysville has to be one of my favorite areas to shoot. It could probably be spruced up, except old political divisions keep all of the money in Yuba City across the river, even though they are basically one metropolitan area, so there's no tax base to do anything.

  • Jonathan 8y

    With the old truck in the corner, this could pass for a photo from 20 years ago, not yesterday. I remember going thru Marysville on my way to Chico many times. Funny, I always imagined Marysville being the finer town and Yuba City being the stepchild.
  • Tom Spaulding 8y

    Yes, Marysville is the historic town. All the money is in the sprawl of the younger town across the river, with chain stores and strip malls. When I went to see a baseball game in Marysville, the team was called the Yuba City Gold Sox. But they were playing in Marysville.
  • arsenalgunner1234 8y

    Ah, the memories. I saw Return Of The Jedi at the State Theatre.
  • eff-vee-ess 8y

    I miss Marysville.

    Last I heard some crust punks were living inside the theater. I believe they lasted about a month or two before they got caught and booted.
  • QueerByChoice 6y

    Would you be interested in contributing some of your photos to the Yuba-Sutter Wiki? yubasutter.wikispot.org
  • mgb_arch 3y

    I worked in this theater as a teenager in the early 80s and I've been through every inch of this building. It was converted from live-performance to movies way before my time, but as a child I remember when it still was a single screen house. Sometime in the 70s they converted it to 3 screens by closing off the balconies. Even after the conversion, the main auditorium still had over 800 seats. It sure has seen better days, along with the rest of the town. @arsenalgunner1234: I swept up the popcorn after you saw Jedi.
  • Don Kirk 3y

    The nonprofit I work for has been trying to contact the current owner (a Mr. Benny & his wife (we're told); but he has not returned our calls, or answered our letter to him. The city wants the theatre restored; and we are willing to restore/reopen it to live stage & movies; and we also want the former Hotel Marysville (same situation with it's owners in LA; they won't answer). Both places the city is working to get someone to restore them; and the city would work with us (we're sure), if we can get ownership of the two places. The hotel would become an event center, offices and a middle class hotel, housing event attendees. Possibly one floor for senior low-income housing. If anyone can help us, please contact me. don_l_kirk@live.com Don Kirk
  • DraperNicholas 3y

    I loved that theater, and the Sutter theater. I still remember the last movies I saw at both, It was Multiplicity at the State, and The Haunted Mansion at the Sutter. I love Marysville, lived there for 21 years, and I would love to see it come back.
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Taken on February 15, 2007
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