State Theatre

E. Falls Street and Portage Road,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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Previously operated by: Basil Brothers Theatres

Architects: Albert Elia

Previous Names: Falls Theatre, Basil's State Theatre

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State Theatre

Originally known as the Falls Theatre, signs found when the theatre was being demolished advertised it as “The House of Talkies” and “A Downtown Theatre With Neighborhood Prices”.

Later became known as the State Theatre. Several well known artists appeared on stage at the State Theatre in the late-1950’s/early-1960’s including: Johnny Cash on
January 18, 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis on April 15 & 16, 1959, Darrell McCall on April 30, 1961, Roy Drusky & Faron Young on April 30, 1961 & Johnny Cash on October 1, 1961.

It stopped showing movies in the early-1960’s and was then used by a community theatre group. Unfortunately, a fire ended its use a theatre and it was demolished.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

The November 1, 1924 issue of Moving Picture World had this item that must have been about the Falls Theatre:

“Sam Trapasso and Company of Niagara Falls will build a new theatre at East Falls street and Portage road. The company now operates the Eugenia Theatre in the Cataract city. The plans, prepared by Albert Elia, architect and builder of the Amendola Theatre at Pine avenue and Fifteenth street, call for a house seating 1,400 and a 25-foot stage. There will be a mezzanine floor and a balcony.”

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