State Cinema

The Pentagon,
Ballymena, BT41

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Previously operated by: Empire Cinemas UK

Styles: Art Deco

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State Cinema

The State Cinema was opened on 2nd December 1935. It was independently operated. It was closed between 1978 and 1983. By 1991 it had been converted into a 2-screen cinema.

The State Cinema was being operated by the Ward Anderson group of Empire Cinemas and it was closed on 30th July 1998, the day before their new 7-screen, IMC Cinema opened in the town.

In 1999, proposals to convert the State Cinema into an arts centre to be known as the ‘Altered State’ were never carried out and in the Autumn of 2002, the building suffered a fire. It was demolished in late-2006.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm

A view of the State Cinema in the early-1940’s:
Photographed in May 2005:
Shortly before demolition in May 2006;

DavidSimpson on November 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

My photograph of the closed State was taken in November 1998.

sidney on March 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

The State Cinema was opened in the early 1940’s. It was independently operated and was closed in the mid-1970’s.

The building stood empty for several years and fell into disrepair. By 1991 it had re-opened and had been converted into a 3-screen cinema.

wrong information….state cinema was never closed in the 7os 80s or 90s…also was a two screen cinema…not a 3 screen

popcorn_pete on June 25, 2016 at 8:14 am

The State opened on 2 December 1935 with Ruggles of Red Gap. It remained closed between 1978 and 1983. There were plans to add two more screens in 1994 by acquiring Allen’s Garage but I don’t know if this was ever done.

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