State Theater, Woodland, CA

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Theater Marquee Series

Fox Oakland Theater, Oakland, CA The auditorium of the Fox Theatre has a colorful East Indian Buddhist temple gloss applied over a standard squared off Weeks & Day interior. The entry portion of the main facade takes the form of a polychrome mosaic-like shrine, with smaller lantern-topped towers on either side. Trim with a Near Eastern flavor forms the cornice line for the remainder…

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The Humboldt Insider published my image in their Fall/Winter 2016 issue, page 116. Humboldt Insider, Eureka, CA, U.S.A. Here is the link to the magazine The New Fortuna Theatre was built for Redwood Theatres in 1938. Recently restored, the theater reopened in November, 2000. The main theater features original wall sconces and chandeliers, which have all been completely restored. It also has a 46 foot screen and newly installed stadium seating. The other two theaters are located in the reconstructed balcony. The Fortuna Theater is adding a 3-screen addition that will bring the complex to a total of 6 screens. As part of the restoration, over 500 feet of new neon tubing was installed on the tower. It was lit for the public for the first time in over 35 years, in October 2000. Contributed by Ross Melnick

Theater Marquees

Theater marquees are fascinating, many with neon lights that pulsate and stream up and down their vertical blade. A few theaters have marquees with towers, such as the Tower Theaters in Fresno and Sacramento California. Others are simpler as the Minor in Arcata California with just white lights. I started this project with the Fortuna Theater in Fortuna, California. It is an art deco…