Rolling Hills Casino showed their support for the arts in Tehama County by granting $15,000 to the State Theatre for the Arts (STFTA) to help pay off the mortgage of the Red Bluff State Theatre.
The Red Bluff State Theatre is a historic treasure and a cultural anchor for Tehama County,” said Kate Grissom. “It provides diverse entertainment opportunities for all ages, and it plays a vital role in performing arts education. The values of the theatre are also in line with the Tehama County Branding project and Expect More Tehama, both of which Rolling Hills Casino has played proud leadership roles. Our donation will help ensure that the theatre continues to play a vital role in our community, and we urge others to contribute to this worthy cause as well.”
“The theatre is a designated historical building that has embodied the spirit of Tehama County for generations,” said Bill Cornelius, President of STFTA. “We would lose an important piece of our environment if it were gone. We cannot thank RHC enough for being a partner in our community as well as supporting our theatre, the arts, and education.”
State Theatre has been a beloved part of the Tehama County community since 1946. STFTA, a non profit corporation, purchased the theatre for $441,000 in 2011. They obtained a two-year interest only loan, and have raised $375,000 towards paying it off through donations and events at the theatre. Once the loan is paid off, STFTA will focus on completing restoration efforts, including the murals and the outside sign.
According to Cornelius, around 80 events have been held at the 750 seat theatre in the past 18 months including concerts by Merle Haggard and the Glen Miller band, dance recitals, school celebrations, children’s theatre performances, and special film showings.
Donations to STFTA may be made on the State Theatre website, http://www.statetheatreredbluff.com, or by calling 530-529-2787 or 527-3485.