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To serve the community benefit by providing a venue for performing arts, cultural programs, community events and related educational and economic development opportunities.
Built in 1938 by George Mann and the Redwood Theatres Inc. Created this Classic Art Deco 1,700 seat theater and served the community of Eureka, CA. up until 1995, when it closed. This closure was because of the cost of showing movies to such a large audience became too expensive to compete with smaller multiplex theaters. For several years the theater was vacant and placed on the market for sale. In 1999 Bob Rickard -Was an usher at the Eureka theater in the 40's. He came up with the idea of saving the theater for future generations by creating a non profit organization. It's mission is to restore the theater and make it a valuable asset to the community once again. He contacted the owner (George Mann's Grandson) who said that if he would take care of the building and raise the money to buy it, he would give Bob the keys. Since then, Bob has created a team of dedicated volunteers, and formed The Eureka Concert and Film Center. As of July 2003, the building is paid for and the non profit organization will soon to be renamed "The Eureka Theater For the Arts. This is to better reflect the theater's original name and new mission.
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