706 C Avenue,
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State Theater, Central City (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Martha Ellen Auditorium
News About This Theater
Opened in 1916 as the 500-seat Martha Ellen Auditorium and named after the daughter of Colonel William Shelton. The Martha Ellen Auditorium presented live performances and vaudeville. In March 1930 it was renamed the State Theater and switched to motion pictures. The main floor has been updated with new seating but the balcony is pretty much the original, (the stairs, balcony rails, and seats).
The State Theater was converted into two screens with the balcony operating as a small second screen. It was showing first run attractions at reasonable prices, but had been closed by late-2014. By 2017 it had reopened screening movies at weekends. The State Theater has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988 #88000944. In 2019 only the main floor screen is operating, the small balcony screen is closed.
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