Quincy's Town Hall Theatre still serves the mission that it was conceived for by a collection of civic leaders who formed the Townhall Association in 1872: to provide a place for the citizens of Plumas County to come together for a variety of purposes. They pooled resources to buy the Exchange Saloon which served at times as a school, meeting hall for the fire department as well as the Quincy Brass Band, a church hall, and county fair entries display space. The current building went up in 1936 after the original structure was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1934. In its heyday, the theatre sported an Art Deco style tower and detailing. In the 1940s, movies played every night and lines of people wrapped around the block to see them. Many people who grew up in Plumas County have fond memories of the theatre, from going to the movies, to working their first job behind the concessions counter, to watching their friends and family in local stage productions. As movie audiences grew smaller and challenging financial times arrived, the residents of Plumas County have rallied to support this much-beloved institution. Recently converted to a digital projection system (funded by the community) after being one of the last hold-outs showing 35mm film, the theatre is a hub of activity.
The Town Hall Theatre is the only movie business in Plumas County. Managed by Plumas Arts, the theatre screens first-run feature films, independent films, and hosts the traveling edition of the “Wild & Scenic Film Festival” as well as the Winter Wildlands Alliance “Backcountry Film Festival.” Last year we were delighted to bring the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's original documentary “Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra” to the big screen.
The Town Hall Theatre facility also serves as the county’s only fixed-seat, professional quality venue for live productions by visiting and local artists as well as theatre and community groups. In addition to live performances by international artists such as Paul Thorn, Tab Benoit, storyteller Patrick Ball, and fiddler Hanneke Cassel, each year we host college, student and community plays and performances, recitals, debates, lectures, trainings and forums. In May, the drama program from Feather River Community College will bring a live production of “Into the Woods” to the stage. Other local arts groups who showcase their students include dance studio Rhythm & Grace, drama group Magic Beanstalk Players, and the county high schools' bands who put on an annual Jazz Night.