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Back to the Future

 
 

The Cascade Theatre has always been a special place.  In 1935, the year the Cascade first opened, the theatre was capable of seating over 20% of Redding’s total population.  In its heyday, the Cascade offered Shasta County residents a place to escape from the daily struggle of life during the depression, a place to experience the wonders of the latest cinema technology and a place for the community to come together – for first dates, birthdays and community celebrations.

Today, the Cascade Theatre is still a special place in the hearts and minds of Redding’s citizens. Today the Cascade is special to both longtime residents and newcomers alike because it stands as a proud symbol of Redding’s history, serves as a powerful catalyst for downtown economic revitalization and provides a venue for a diverse array of arts and cultural events that celebrate the human spirit.

Thanks to the generosity of over 1,800 community businesses, individuals and organizations and the assistance of Southern Oregon University, the JPR Foundation now operates this fabulous facility as a multi-use performing arts center.  Like the Cascade of 1935, the theatre once again possesses state-of-the-art sound, lighting, film and theater technology, making it capable of supporting a wide variety of dramatic, musical and film presentations.  New to the Cascade is a deeper stage, full orchestra pit, expanded performer dressing rooms, mezzanine lobby, computerized box office, two new concession areas and a quadrupled number of patron restrooms.  In partnership with Jefferson Public Radio, the Cascade presents its own series of events, encompassing music, theater and dance.  

Additionally, the Cascade now supports the creative work of Shasta County’s local and regional cultural organizations, providing performing artists a professional space to present their craft and giving patrons a place to enjoy a first-class entertainment experience.  The Cascade is the home of the Northstate Symphony's Redding performances and is used regularly by a host of local organizations, such as the Jefferson Repertory Company and the Redding City Ballet. 

Recognizing that local citizen input is essential to enable the Cascade to fulfill its mission as a non-profit performing arts center, a local advisory committee guides the theatre's operations.  This committee includes:  Robert Warren (chair), Diane Gerard, Marianne Johannessen, Sherry Watts, Anne Peterson, Rita Rensky, Larry Morgon, Paul Westhelle and Jim Wyatt.

In 1935, the Cascade Theatre was a vital element of Redding's cultural and economic life.  Today the Cascade once again flourishes as a place that breathes new life into Redding's downtown and brings people of all ages together to be entertained and inspired.


Quick Facts, Recognition & Awards

Date Opened:  August 9, 1935

Owner/Operator:  T & D Jr. Enterprises

Architect:  J. Lloyd Conrich / San Francisco, CA

General Contractor: Salih Brothers / San Francisco, CA

Date Restored:  August 14, 2004

Owner/Operator:  Southern Oregon University / JPR Foundation

Architect:  James Theimer, AIA / Trilogy Architecture / Redding, CA

Historic Preservation Direction:  George Kramer, MS / Ashland, OR

General Contractors: 

A.D. Wagner Contracting / Redding, CA

Gifford Construction / Redding, CA

 

Historic Recognition

  • Listed on the California Register of Historic Resources -- November 5, 1999
  • Recipient of Art Deco Society of California Preservation Award -- March 18, 2000
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- January 17, 2002

The Cascade … Then and Now

Restoration of the Cascade has been executed consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


The restoration has balanced the dual goals of preserving the building’s Art Deco architectural features while adapting it for modern theatrical performances.


In 1935 the Cascade was built at a cost of $100,000. Its restoration has been accomplished at a cost of $5.65 million.


The mural that now adorns the ceiling of the Cascade auditorium was covered with olive green paint.  Conservators restored the mural by stripping sections of the surface paint to determine the exact pattern and color pallet of the hidden mural.  The restored mural, like the original, is a combination of paint and gold, copper and aluminum leaf.


The Cascade’s chandeliers and light fixtures were originally designed and built by Boyd Lighting of San Francisco, a company that is still in business today.  These fixtures were recreated from original shop drawings discovered in Boyd’s design archives.


The Cascade originally seated 1,348 patrons.  Today, the Cascade can accommodate 997 seated patrons plus 10 wheelchairs.


Originally, the Cascade did not have a concession stand.  Theatre patrons purchased refreshments from the Golden Bird Confectionery, which was located in the ground floor retail space that now houses Jefferson Public Radio’s studios.  Later, portable concession carts were used in the Cascade lobby.  The Cascade now has two permanent Art Deco style concession stands, one in the main lobby and one in the newly created mezzanine lobby, to serve patrons.


The Cascade was Redding’s first air conditioned public building.  The building’s updated 104-ton air conditioning system continues to use the theatre’s large plenums and pilasters to distribute cool air while virtually eliminating ambient noise in the audience chamber.


During the restoration of the Cascade, 15 miles of new electrical conduit and 6,000 miles of new wire were installed to accommodate the theatre’s new heating, cooling, lighting and sound systems.


The Cascade’s gentlemen’s and ladies’ lounges, which included a total of six toilets, have been expanded and relocated to include a total of 23 restroom fixtures, 15 for ladies and 8 for men.


The Cascade’s newly built mezzanine lobby was originally a series of small professional office spaces.


The Cascade’s three small vaudeville style dressing rooms have been expanded and renovated to include two star dressing rooms, four large chorus dressing rooms, two restrooms with showers and a green room for staging and hospitality.







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