Auburn State Theatre

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$80,104 raised by 118 donors

100% complete

$40,000 Goal

Imagine a world without the arts. No music, no theater, no acting, no dance, no paintings, and no sculptures.  It's hard to imagine such a world, isn't it? The arts have always been an essential part of human existence, and they enrich our lives in countless ways.  The arts help us understand the world around us, express ourselves, and connect with others. 

In Auburn, California, the historic State Theatre has been a cultural hub for the community for nearly a century.  The grand, art deco movie palace has presented a broad variety of programs from local youth theatre to nationally recognized artists such as Kathy Mattea & Suzy Bogguss, Leo Kottke, Jesse Colin Young, and Joan Osborne. 

The nonprofit Auburn State Theatre (AST), formed by a group of arts-minded citizens, purchased, and upgraded the facility in 2006, restoring the façade and completely refurbishing the interior in 2014.  AST has welcomed nearly 118,000 patrons and collaborated with community groups to present events that appeal to a wide range of the population. 

However, in April 2023, the ceiling in the auditorium fell, causing the theatre to close until renovations can be made.  The reconstruction and the replacement of equipment that was damaged in the collapse are extensive.  The first phase of work included removing much of what was inside the theatre due to asbestos, and then cleaning the interior so that further construction could begin.

Although temporarily closed for restoration, this community treasure shines brightly each night with its iconic Marquee. With the help of community partners, AST continues to hold unique events in various venues. 

The community at large has been the heart of AST's business, and now we are asking for your help.  We want to continue doing what we do best for the community, to entertain, to connect, to educate, and mostly to enjoy the various kinds of arts that are available in Placer County and beyond.

Your support for the Auburn State Theatre will help ensure that this cultural gem continues to thrive and provide meaningful experiences for generations to come.  Let's come together and make sure that the arts remain a vibrant part of our community.


Giving Activity


The historic Auburn State Theatre enhances the quality of life and cultural awareness of our community by providing performing arts, film, and educational experiences.


Unrestricted operational funding is the greatest need for the historic Auburn State Theatre. Each year, Auburn State Theatre presents entertainment and programs in through Cinema at the State and On Stage at the State including the State Theater Acting Company. Community non-profit and commercial entities rent the Auburn State Theatre for their productions. This variety of programming brings entertainment with a diverse audience stream.

Auburn State Theatre is currently managing some structural issues due to the historic nature of the building. Through this opportunity, gifts are particularly welcome to address the internal beauty of the Theatre.

Equity Statement

Auburn State Theatre

Vision Statement Regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Auburn State Theatre is committed to creating a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion are guiding principles; where listening for understanding is paramount; and where mutual respect is nurtured. Auburn State Theatre strives to reflect the community’s needs, as well as educating the community about diversity, through operations of its multi-use venue. We know this work is constantly evolving and we will promote intentional engagement of our civic community and businesses districts. In order to accomplish this goal, we commit to:

• Identify and dismantle the obstacles, structures, and systems that may have excluded artists, artisans, and audiences, and kept them from Auburn State Theatre.

• Continue to adapt the physical theater space so it is welcoming to people with all types of disabilities.

• Collaborate with a diverse community of artists and content creators with voices and talents presenting all types of performing arts, film and education.

• Continue to collaborate with the Maidu, Miwok and Nissenen, as well as other Indigenous Peoples.

• Welcome and build a diverse Board of Directors, staff and volunteer team.

• Cultivate and develop a community of audience where learning through the arts is essential and ongoing.

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Organization Data


Organization name

Auburn State Theatre

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Other, Technology, In-Kind Donations, Volunteers

Demographics Served

General population

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


985 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603

Service areas

Placer, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US

Nevada, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US





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