State Theatre

112 W. 5th Street,
Carroll, IA 51401

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Previously operated by: Pioneer Theater Corp.

Previous Names: Royal Theatre

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Opened as the Royal Theatre by 1913. It was renovated in 1936, reopening as the State Theatre October 21, 1936. It was operated by Pioneer Theatres. Seating was listed at 279. The State Theatre closed in 1952.

Contributed by Chuck

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rivest266 on July 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

reopening ad from October 21st, 1936 uploaded here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

Given its late 1936 reopening, the State might have been the theater that was mentioned in the September 12 issue of The Film Daily that year. The item said that Pioneer Theatres was remodeling the Royal Theatre at Carroll. There would be a new front, boxoffice and marquee, and the interior would be redecorated. The item said that the house would be renamed, but did not say what the new name would be.

dallasmovietheaters on August 12, 2015 at 1:58 am

Opened as the Royal Theatre at least as of 1913. Pioneer Theatres Corporation took on the Earle and the Royal. Pioneer renovated the Royal in 1936 and rebranded it as the State Theatre. It would then build Carroll Theatre where the Earle was destroyed by fire in 1945. Pioneer shuttered the State Theatre in 1952. The theatre building would be demolished but just across the street, the multiscreen Carroll Theater would entertain the community for decades.

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