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Mayor Kevin Hanley dedicated Monday night’s Auburn City Council meeting to former Auburn City Manager Rod Haack. Haack passed away recently after complications from surgery. Haack was working on the renovation of the State Theater at the time of his passing.
The historic State Theater is going through a major renovation opening up the theater with more seats bringing in bigger acts and more performances. Kellie Roberts was at the Theater on Lincoln Way in Auburn Friday afternoon where her father, Rod Haack used to take her to see movies as a little girl. Kellie was taking a picture of the new Marque with her father’s name on it. Mr. Haack dedicated many years to Auburn as the City Manger and was on the Auburn Placer Arts Council (APAC) Board and was working with the theater on the expansion project when suddenly Rod Haack passed away from complications from surgery. Kellie says her dad was dedicated to this project.
Kellie says if you remember her dad make a donation to the project instead of sending flowers or cards.
This work will include removing the center wall that currently divides the theater, increasing seating capacity from its current 130 seats to 275 seats, reopening and upgrading the original proscenium and stage, rebuilding the green room beneath the stage, and making American Disability Act (ADA) improvements to a restroom and stage access. A very exciting aspect of this project is the cost: an estimated $300,000. The Tear Down the Wall Campaign is being celebrated at an event scheduled for October 5, 2013. “Be Part of History” donor celebration on October 5, 2013, by contacting Janis Wikoff, Executive Director at 530-885-0156.