State Theatre

805 Hennepin Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix

Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg, John Edmund Oldaker Pridmore

Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Italian Renaissance

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 612.339.7007

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June 1970 photo courtesy of Mike Evangelist.

The State Theatre began life as a vaudeville/silent movie house, opening on February 5, 1921. It later changed exclusively to movies.

The theatre was restored to its original form in 1991 and now hosts stage and Broadway shows, concerts, corporate meetings, and special events. The State Theatre is part of the Hennepin Theatre District, which also includes the restored Orpheum Theatre, the Pantages Theatre, and possibly restore the Shubert Theatre as a live performance venue.

Contributed by Mike Geater

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 16, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Here is a 1930 photo. A Marx Brothers movie is playing:

BrooklynJim on September 19, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Kudos, ken mc. Your sharp 1953 photo embodies most of the details – and the exact State marquee – as the 1954 view I’d described back on 7/3. Eventually, I hope to have the technical means to link the one from my book, plus a whole lot more from NY to CA. Thx for providing this pic for us in the meantime!

KJB2012 on August 15, 2007 at 2:04 pm

I see you have listed the architectural firm of Liebenberg & Kaplen. While it is correct that Pridmore was the architect, I don’t believe he was working with the Liebenberg & Kaplan firm.

Aparofan on March 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

Here’s a 1997 shot of the State.

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Logan5 on October 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The State Theatre’s marquee appears very briefly during a montage sequence in the 1996 Christmas-themed Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Jingle All The Way”.

DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Added several photos via the Old Minneapolis Facebook page. Credited individually where possible.

DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

1942 & 1970 photos added.

rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

February 5th, 1921 grand opening ad in the photo section.

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