State Theatre

111 W. J. Arden Mays Boulevard,
Plant City, FL 33563

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Firms: Kemp, Bunch & Jackson

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

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State Theatre

The State Theatre opened in 1939. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. It closed as a movie theatre in the 1950’s and was last used as an antique and collectibles store.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Patsy on April 5, 2010 at 12:59 am

Plant City seems to have the former State AND the Capitol. The art deco State should still be a theatre and not an antique store as the exterior still seems to look like a theatre!

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 29, 2010 at 12:52 am

Here is a picture from July 2010.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

Photos of the concession stand and the ladies' lounge illustrate this brief article about the remodeling of the State Theatre in Boxoffice of June 7, 1952.

Jorge on January 14, 2022 at 3:34 am

Hope I’m doing this right. Facade still looks great in 2021 (I took this photo Dec 2021 just after Christmas)

Patsy on January 14, 2022 at 4:53 am

What is the update on this theatre?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 13, 2022 at 9:16 am

The January 6, 1940 issue of Boxoffice said: “Plant City— The State, E. J. Sparks house seating 700, is in operation.”

50sSNIPES on July 17, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Closed on May 2, 1958 with “Jumping Jacks” (1952) and “Scared Stiff” (1953) as its last films. The State Theatre was sold a couple of days later.

Patsy on July 17, 2022 at 4:29 pm

Is the space still an antique and collectible storefront? It should return to being a theatre,imho.

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