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jmetcalf commented about State Theatre on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

Seth Gaines please contact me about updating this overview. It’s not totally correct. I think someone changed/ updated the correct post. I have a Facebook page I started years ago about the theatre. I have done much research on this theater.

I’m just recently in contact with one of the owners! He is talking about restoration of the theatre, and just recently got some contractor bids. I’m planning a face to face meeting with him. Will keep updates posted.

jmetcalf commented about national theatre on Jul 30, 2018 at 9:39 am

There was no fire in this building. That was during construction of the previous theatre. It was the National theatre from 1927-1937. When it was sold to a different theatre group and remodeled as the State theatre. There was a fire in the building in 2005.

jmetcalf commented about State Theatre on Feb 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

State Theater was the National Theater..

The original theater burned on the night of July 28, 1926 and was rebuilt bigger 11 months later on September 14, 1927 as the National Theater. Built by contractor I.C. Evans at a cost of $250,000. There was a temperary theater on the site during the construction. The National was a 1672 seat play and movie house, with an orchestra of 9 and a 90 by 40 foot stage. It also included 2 storefronts and 6 offices. Under the stage there are 11 dressing rooms. It was remodeled in Aug 1936 and changed its name to the State Theater. Remodeled again in the 1970’s when it was bought by United Artist. They turned the balcony into a double screen. Leaving it with the 3 screens it now has. CLosed in the late 1990’s. Fire took some of the concetion in 2005.

My dad worked there in the 1980’s when i was a kid under manager Joe Serry. I remember taking an elivator into the basement and seeing a bunch of old costums and tophats. And being in the projection booth, with a toilet next to a fruit drink fountain. It brings good memories and I would love to see it restored. •John Metcalf

jmetcalf commented about State Theatre on Aug 13, 2011 at 1:01 am

i would volunteer to help with the restoration. that place has so much potential. it was a live vodville and movies house, with an orcestra pit. it has dressing rooms under the stage,and 6 offices. would love to see it up and running with music and movies again. my dad worked there in the 80’s. loved the cealing with all the charubs and decorations. it would be a great venue. would love to see it again as state was it was in the 40’s with all the neon and booth in middle. before 70’s restoration as per now. John Metcalf

jmetcalf commented about State Theatre on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:34 am

It was closed in 1996. I think that the last movies were Alaska, and Phenomenon they both came out in 1996. The posters were in there for years.