Keep the Theatre Open and the Marquee Bright!
Auburn State Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts center in downtown Auburn, California. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in danger of closing our doors. Please share our story and consider making a donation to help save our beloved Theatre.
Since 1930, Auburn State Theatre (AST) has served as a vital hub linking entertainment, arts, and local businesses. AST has welcomed audiences for nine decades, carrying on through wars and economic downturns. Established as a non-profit organization in 2001 the AST functioned as a small 130 seat movie theatre until 2013. AST then made significant building improvements and developed a 340 seat art deco theatre. When the beautifully renovated State Theatre re-opened in 2014, it sparked a rejuvenation in Auburn. Shows at the Theatre attract over 19,000 patrons annually, with one-quarter of those coming from outside Placer County. Show-goers frequently shop and dine in Old Town and Downtown Auburn, expanding the financial benefit to our community’s economy. Now, however, AST is striving to survive the pandemic shutdown.
During our seven months without events in the theatre, AST’s best minds came up with creative ideas for presenting entertainment: outdoor movies, streaming concerts and films, and free “radio shows” performed by the State Theatre Acting Company at community venues. (Please see event details on our website at www.livefromauburn.com.)
Auburn State Theatre is delighted to have the go-ahead to reopen at 50% capacity for movies only. With social distancing restrictions only 125 tickets can be sold for any show. As much as we appreciate the opportunity to reopen, AST’s ticket sales will not come close to covering operating costs.
As a non-profit organization, AST relies on community support to bridge the gap between ticket sales and hard costs for operating the theatre and booking entertainment. Now AST needs your donations more than ever.
Auburn State Theatre invites you to “Keep the Theatre Open and the Marquee Bright.” Every donation helps, no matter how much, and is greatly appreciated. The following are examples only and no direct benefit will be provided to donors:
YOUR DONATION WOULD COVER OR REPLACE DURING COVID-19
$25 - Movie ticket + Concessions (Popcorn, Candy, Beverage)
$50 - Concert Ticket + Concessions
$75 - Family Night at the Movies – 4 Tickets + Concessions
$100 - Cocktails & Cinema Gala Ticket
$250 - Cocktails & Cinema Gala – Tickets for Two + Bar
$350 - Monthly Cleaning during Covid
$500 - Movie Sponsorship with all the trimmings
$750 - Invest in an audio mixer for live streaming
$1,000 - Live Event Sponsorship with all the trimmings
$2,500 - Keep the lights on for one month
$5,000 - Camera, microphone and accessories for live streaming
Auburn State Theatre’s fundraising goal to complete our reopening (when allowed) is $100,000. Your support enables AST to schedule events, attract folks to Auburn, and continue partnering with local groups. These groups include, but are not limited to, the Arts Council of Placer County, Auburn Symphony, Auburn Winds, Colla Voce Chamber Singers, Protect American River Canyons, Take Note Troupe, Auburn Elementary School District, Foresthill Divide Elementary School, Harvest Ridge Charter School, and United Auburn Indian Community School
But it won’t happen without you.
Please make your donation online today or by sending a check to:
Auburn State Theatre
P.O. Box 7733
Auburn, CA 95604
Tax ID #: 68-0477472
With your help, Auburn State Theatre can continue to present world-class entertainment on stage in our beautiful venue, continue to screen documentaries, classic and new feature films, expand family entertainment, a speaker series and comedy!
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Theatre soon. Thank you for your generosity and support of the Auburn State Theatre.
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