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Redding Documentary Raises Curtains for Cascade Theater History

The Cascade Theater in Redding was inaugurated in 1935. By the mid-1990s, it was on the verge of collapse.

That is until the JPR Foundation (the parent organization of Jefferson Public Radio) spearheaded a campaign to raise millions of dollars and restore it to its original grandeur. The theater is now in full use and readies to premiere a documentary detailing how the Redding community made this project happen.

We hear from screenwriter Jessica Weichman about "Curtain Up: The Life and Rebirth of the Cascade Theater," which premieres at the theater on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 pm.

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John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.