State Theatre

453 Northampton Street,
Easton, PA 18042

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State Theatre Center of the Arts (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters, Wilmer & Vincent Corp.

Architects: William Harold Lee

Functions: Concerts, Movies (Classic), Stage Shows

Styles: Italian Renaissance, Spanish Renaissance

Previous Names: Neumeyer Theatre, Northampton Theatre, Colonial Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 610.252.3132

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The Northampton National Bank was built in 1873. It had a granite façade and foyer, which were retained when the bank was demolished in 1910 and the 700-seat Neumeyer Theatre was built, opening on March 8, 1910. It was screening movies by 1914, and around 1916 it was renamed Northampton Theatre. It was later renamed Colonial Theatre and had 725-seats and was operated by Wilmer & Vincent Corp.

In 1926 architect William Harold Lee was commissioned to drew up plans for a new larger theatre, which opened as the State Theatre on March 8, 1927 with 1,824-seats. Lee was inspired by the architecture of ‘Old Spain’ and by the Davanzanti Palace in Florence, Italy and the theatre had elaborate frescoes & guilding. In the 1960’s the foyer was repainted brown & blue which covered over the frescoes in this part of the theatre. In the 1970’s it went over to screening adult movies and was still open in 1973. In the 1970’s it was in use as rock music venue. It now features live concerts and stage shows and occasional ‘Classic’ movies.

The State Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2008 at 6:15 am

As far as I know, “Nights in White Satin” is part of every show the Moody Blues give. The woman who plays the flute in place of Ray Thomas is quite good, too. What bothers me most is that Mike Pinder left the group under bad circumstances so none of his compositions are ever performed anymore, and he wrote a lot of my very favorite Moody Blues songs. Oh well.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2008 at 10:11 am

Thanks, LM! 1967 – that must be one of the first rock videos ever. The Beatles did a few around that time too (“Strawberry Fields Forever”).

TheaterBuff1 on May 8, 2008 at 12:51 am

I don’t know if it was ever true, but years ago when Pinder was dropped from the Moody Blues, I remember the rumor circulating at the time was because he was bald. And after Pinder’s departure, the Moody Blues sound was never quite as great, as innovative. The 1970s, unlike the ‘60s, was when the music industry suddenly turned very cutthroat, since by that point it became ALL about money. You can really see that transition vividly if you watch the movies WOODSTOCK and MESSAGE TO LOVE: THE 1970 ISLE OF WIGHT CONCERT back to back. At the 1970 Isle of Wight Concert, when the Moody Blues debuted “Nights in White Satin” for the first time — at least, to a mainstream audience — they and all the other acts were perfectly willing to do the show for free, while the concert promoters tried to turn the event into one big rip-off. And the audience kept being told, “The artists won’t perform unless you pay up,” making the artists look like they were the guilty greedy ones. From the artists’ viewpoint it must’ve felt pretty terrifying. For imagine if you will, you’ve created this music, it’s your creation, but you can’t perform it for free if you wish to because of the contract you’ve been signed to. It must’ve felt like they were suddenly living under slavery. Add to this that the Isle of Wight Concert itself took place on public trust land, meaning it was illegal to charge people money to see concerts there. But….it was the ‘70s meets the '60s, and the Moody Blues, along with the other artists, had little choice but to handle it as graciously as they could. And they did a beautiful job of it. As Ray Thomas told the audience that night, grateful for how much it appreciated their never heard before songs (at least mainstream-wise they had never been heard before), “Nights in White Satin” being one: “What you’ve given us tonight, you can’t put a price on that!”

As for YouTube, since I’m using dial-up and have yet to find a way to download videos from there so I can watch them off line at their right speed, nonetheless I probably have those Moody Blues rock videos you’re referring to on VHS. I know somewhere in my old stash of tapes I’ve got a psychedelic version of them doing “Nights in White Satin,” plus old b&w footage of the original 1965 Moody Blues doing “Go Now.” And where I was growing up I had never heard the Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” till 1972. I’m a bit stunned to learn only now that those songs were five years old by that point!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

A 1996 view of the State Theatre in Easton.

kencmcintyre on September 3, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Here is a September 3 article about an appearance by Glenn Beck at the State:

kencmcintyre on September 3, 2009 at 8:48 pm

The appearance isn’t scheduled until January 9, but the NAACP wants it canceled now.

DavidZornig on March 26, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Summer 1969 photo added credit Joel J. Reisteter‎. Beneath the State Theatre marquee.

DavidZornig on February 17, 2023 at 11:19 am

1973 photo added courtesy Mark MacDougal. (“Deep Throat” An Adult Film In Color X) on the State marquee.

DavidZornig on February 20, 2023 at 7:20 pm

Additional history credit Lehigh Valley History. “Neumeyer Theater, 453 Northampton St., Easton, PA opened on March 8, 1910, with 700 seats. It offered orchestra, balcony, and box seats. The first-floor stores included Wolslayer’s shoe store and Chubby’s Cafe.”

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