Grand Opening Program Message from Cascade Theatre Restoration Steering Committee Chair, Lou Gerard
The Grand Re-Opening of the Cascade Theater is but one of several important landmark events to take place in Redding these past few years. The Cascade finds itself in good company with the completion of two other significant projects within the past two months: the dedication of the Calatrava Sundial Bridge and Big League Dreams Ball Park.
All of these important projects serve to boost community pride. The Cascade, however, is unique because itís the first community based restoration of an historic landmark. The Theatre has been a part of Redding for exactly 69 years, having its original opening in August of 1935. Understandably, the community has awaited this event with both the nostalgia of bygone days and the great anticipation of future entertainment the refurbished Theatre will provide.
Itís not easy to reduce to words how people feel about the Cascade in terms of its intrinsic beauty, its new state-of-the-art technology, its cultural promise, and its role as a catalyst in the revitalization of our downtown. Literally the Theatre reflects all of these things and more.
Jefferson Public Radio, Southern Oregon University, and the JPR Foundation deserve our thanks for acquiring this historic edifice. They were the benevolent knights in shining armor who saved this rapidly deteriorating gem. They gave our community the opportunity to restore the auditorium for a wide variety of community uses. The real heroes, however, are the hundreds of individuals, businesses, foundations, and governmental officials who shared the vision of a restored and enhanced performing arts venue to serve the needs of our growing and emerging community.
To everyone who helped, with words of encouragement, the devoted hours of service, the investment of labor and materials, and the dollars to achieve our goal, the Cascade Theatre Restoration Committee extends its deepest gratitude.