MERCED — Supporters of the historic Merced Theatre celebrated the first anniversary of the building's reopening with an open house Sunday afternoon.
Dozens of people attended the event, which was free to the public.
Since the theater opened a year ago, the venue has hosted 25 major events and about 18,000 patrons. The facility has been used for two weddings, a high school graduation and five school performances, and has shown dozens of movies.
The 1,187-seat theater has booked dates into next year.
Built in 1931, the Merced Theatre renovation project cost $14.4 million, which included $8.3 million in construction costs. Retired orthopedic surgeon Art Kamangar donated $1 million to the project.
The building was constructed in 1931 over a nine-month period at a cost of $380,000. The theater is believed to be the last project designed by San Francisco-based architects James and Merritt Reid, who designed the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, and San Francisco's Balboa Theatre, Fairmont Hotel and Cliff House.