State Theatre

978 Main Street,
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Previously operated by: Associated Theatres, Central States Theatres Corp

Architects: Roland 'Tip' Goucher Harrison

Firms: Wetherell & Harrison

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State Theatre

The State Theatre opened on May 27, 1938 with Loretta Young in “Love Under Fire” & William Boyd in “Hopalong Rides Again”. Seating was listed at the time as 697. It was originally operated by Central States Theatres and later by Associated Theatres. The State Theatre closed on March 29, 1965 following smoke damage from a fire in neighboring buildings. It was demolished in August 1965. This was one of several theatres located in the downtown section of Dubuque with the largest being the Orpheum Theatre.

Contributed by Chuck

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rivest266 on July 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

This opened on May 27th, 1938. Grand opening ad here.

SethG on September 27, 2023 at 8:48 am

Address is wrong. It should be 978. The building dated to the mid-1890s, and had been home to various department stores prior to the remodel.

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