State Theater

S. Main Street,
Rochester, NH 03867

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation

Previous Names: Colonial Theater

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State(Colonial)Theater article with picture

The Colonial Theatre was opened in 1917. It is listed in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 edition (although it had been renamed State Theatre in 1949). It was destroyed by fire in 1972.

Contributed by Charles Dean

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tallboyyyy on September 23, 2008 at 7:14 am

This is an old postcard of South Main St in Rochester. I’m not sure but I believe that the Colonial is shown on the left. View link

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

There is a short item in Boxoffice Magazine for July 16, 1949 which says that the Colonial in Rochester has been refurbished and renamed State Theatre and was due to reopen on July 15, 1949. This date conflicts with info above which indicates that the Colonial name lasted into the 1950s.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm

In the 1942-43 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac, the Interstate Theatre Corp. of Boston is listed as operating both the Colonial and the Scenic theaters in Rochester NH. Interstate is also listed as the operator in the 1949 Boxoffice Mag. article mentioned above.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2015 at 8:57 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the State Theatre; it’s Card # 512. But there is no information on it at all; just an exterior photo with no date.

tallboyyyy on October 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

A local publication recently ran an article about the Colonial theater with a nice photo. Here is a scan of the article.

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