State Theater

128 N. Central Avenue,
Idabel, OK 74745

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Previously operated by: Tri-State Theatres (TX)

Architects: Raymond F. Smith

Functions: Office Space

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State Theater

This was the towns' second State Theater. It opened on August 19, 1947 by Tri-State Theaters replacing their earlier State Theatre (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). In 1987 the State Theater sat closed and for sale in a tan brick building. "State" was spelled out in large blue letters against a light blue background framed by a blue border. A colorful red and orange trimmed marquee with a large "S" on the point sheltered the entrance and outside ticket booth.

It is now occupied by a law firm.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 9, 2008 at 10:50 am

A 1987 view of the State Theater in Idabel.

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 12:27 am

The State was still for sale in 1993 – but it’s now a lawyer’s office!
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kpdennis on May 1, 2009 at 7:29 am

Here’s the State in 2008 – in it’s second life as a law firm office:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Built for B.R. McLendon’s Tri-States Theatres, this deluxe house was to replace Tri-States' Lyric Theatre as Idabel’s first-run theater, and would take the name of the company’s old State Theatre a half block south.

The new State was designed by Dallas architect Raymond F. Smith, according to Boxoffice Magazine, February 16, 1946. The theater was to be completed later that year, and was to have 1100 seats, with 850 on the main floor and 250 in a balcony.

On the opening of the new house, the earlier State Theatre was to be closed and converted to retail space, and the Lyric would be refurbished and become a second-run theater.

seymourcox on July 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

This site has limited info on the former State Theater;

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

very nice looking theatre,pity a show is not on the screen,we sure need more LAWYERS!!!!!!!

dallasmovietheaters on August 7, 2021 at 8:15 pm

The New State opened August 19, 1947 with “Carnival in Costa Rica.”

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