The State Theatre in Auburn, built in the 1930s and recently restored by the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center nonprofit, will celebrate the female stars of the theater's heyday with its "Reel Classy Broads" film festival running April 8-10 at the State (985 Lincoln Way, Auburn).
The festival starts with an ensemble of talented women, including Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, in "The Women" (7:30 p.m. April 8), before moving on to the individual achievements of Myrna Loy ("The Thin Man," 11 a.m. April 9), Barbara Stanwyck ("Double Indemnity," 3 p.m. April 9) Bette Davis ("All About Eve," 7 p.m. April 9), Judy Garland ("A Star Is Born," 3 p.m. April 10) and Katharine Hepburn ("The Philadelphia Story," 7 p.m. April 10).
Cinema buffs, take note: Warner Bros. has allowed APPAC to show rare archival prints of "The Women" and "Star Is Born."
"They only let theaters show them that have the (vintage) changeover projectors," APPAC administrative coordinator Janis Wikoff said. APPAC bought two such projectors as part of the State's renovation.
Tickets to individual films are $9, and an all-festival pass is $45. For information, call (530) 885-0156 or visit the APPAC website.
-- Carla Meyer
Photo: 20th Century Fox