State Theatre

207 Wyoming Avenue,
Scranton, PA 18503

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Previously operated by: Comerford Theaters Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.

Firms: Leon H. Lempert & Son

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State Theatre

The State Theatre was opened by Comerford Theaters Inc. on November 5, 1921 with Mary Carr in “Over the Hill”. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Frank Walker. The State Theatre was still operating in 1950 when it was operated by Comerford Theaters Inc. It was closed in 1952.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 5, 2013 at 3:01 am

The December 3, 1921, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review noted the recent opening of Michael Comerford’s State Theatre in Scranton. The Miles Theatre, which in 1923 would become Comerford’s Capitol Theatre, had been opened by H. S. Miles about the same time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Though it gives the address of the proposed theater as 211 Wyoming Avenue, this item from The American Contractor of May 14, 1921, is probably about the State Theatre:

“Theater (M. P.): Abt. $75,000. 2 sty. 40x156. 211 Wyoming av., Scranton, Pa. Archt. Leon Lempert & Son, Cutler bldg., Rochester, N. Y. Owner Comerford Amusement Co.. M. E. Comerford, Regent Theater. Scranton. Gen. contr. let to Breig Bros., Scranton.”
Leon Lempert Jr. designed many theaters for Comerford Amusement Co. during this period.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm

The November 7, 1921, issue of The Scranton Republican reported that the opening of the Comerford chain’s new State Theatre the previous Saturday, November 5, had been a great success.

rivest266 on March 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Listings for the State stopped in 1952.

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