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The Lights Are Not As Dim At The DeWitt Theater As They May Appear
The Historical Dewitt Theater in Auburn is slated to be demolished and possibly be replaced with a parking lot in a proposed site plan by Costco if construction plans move forward. So far, requests for a theater lease extension have been denied, and their current lease will run out at the end of December.
The Dewitt Theater was built by the United States government in 1944 on a portion of the historic Bell land as part of a World War II hospital complex. The theater was built to serve as entertainment for wounded servicemen in World War II. The theater is also considered part of Placer County’s history, culture, and performing arts.
According to the Save the Dewitt Theater Organization, the theater was recently tested by three engineers who said the building’s infrastructure and electrical were found to be in great condition.
According to the Save the Dewitt Theater Organization, if construction were to move forward, they would be tearing down a perfectly healthy, monetarily valuable, historic building that could be collecting rent for the County for the next 1 and 1/2 years.
Change.org website show’s that Save the Dewitt Center has a petition with 1,500 signatures from concerned citizens who would like to see the theater remain intact rather than become a Costco parking lot. DeWitt Theater is home to Music and More Arts Academy & Music and also More Performing and Visual Arts.