State Theatre

453 N. Liberty Street,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Piedmont Amusement Co. Inc., Publix-Saenger, Wilby-Kincey

Previous Names: Auditorium Theatre

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State Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre opened January 28, 1918. Listed in the 1930 Film Daily Yearbook with 1,500 seats. Taken over by Publix-Saenger and following a refurbishment, it reopened on April 21, 1930 and renamed State Theatre, reopening with Janet Gaynor in “High Society Blues”. It was later operated by Wilby-Kincey Theatres.

The State Theatre closed on December 13, 1952.

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Arby on April 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

The Auditorium Theater was later known as State Theater. After the State closed it was a furniture store called State Furniture. For some reason I was in there once, and I remember the furniture being displayed on the downward slope of the former orchestra-level floor. I wish I could have seen a movie there but the theater must have closed when I was a child.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2011 at 3:04 am

The book “Winston-Salem in Vintage Postcards,” by Molly Grogan Rawls, says that the Auditorium Theatre was built on the site of the Elks Auditorium after the old theater burned down on April 27, 1916.

Arby on May 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

The lettering “AUDITORIUM” on the facade was in the ancient Roman style, where the U would look like a V. That made an impression on me as a child: it confused me, so I would always look up when I passed the building.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I guess it to was torn down for a parking Lot.

Arby on June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I recently looked at this location and investigated old pictures. This parking deck seems to have been built on sites which contained the State (to the north) and Colonial Theaters(and all the stores in between).

Predator on March 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

The Auditorium Theatre opened January 28th, 1918. Reopened as the State Theatre April 21st, 1930.

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