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Doré Theatre

Doré Theatre Frances B. Doré came to California in 1915. Mrs. Doré and her husband (vice president of Superior Oil Company) were Bakersfield residents of many years. Together they supported a variety of Kern County charities. Doré gave the California State Bakersfield Foundation one-fourth of a family trust as a lasting gift, asking that it be used for the construction of buildings on the Bakersfield campus.

The Doré Theatre, which seats 500 persons in a continental arrangement, is a $2,081,000 structure. The sloped roof, topped by a "fly gallery" (the overhead structure that houses curtain equipment) makes the building look taller than the 55 feet it measures from ground level.

The theatre was part of the long range plan designed in 1967, but the state did not budget the architectural funds until 1974. The Governor actually signed the budget, including funds for the theatre, in July 1976. Construction began on June 6, 1977, the day following the formal ground breaking.

The Doré Theatre can be manually or electronically controlled, with a feature that allows an entire performance to be automated. Using special programming, the theatre lights will come on and curtains will rise on queue.

The Doré Theatre has showcased a number of professional acts through the Dorian Society Encounters with the Arts series and is the home for three student productions each year. The Encounters series has sponsored productions with the Guthrie Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Company, Missouri Rep, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Roger Wagner Chorale, Texas Opera Theatre (traveling wing of the Houston Grand Opera), and the Western Opera Theatre (traveling wing of the San Francisco Opera). Other memorable shows include actors William Windom and Celeste Holm; Bella Lewitsky Dance Company; Oakland Ballet; jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and Concordia Choir and Chanticleer.

The Doré Theatre is a wonderful asset to the CSUB campus, and is considered by many to be the Foundation's finest achievement. The Doré Theatre has allowed the campus and our community to embrace many rich cultures through the fine arts.