State Theatre

513 S. Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

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Architects: George J. Bachmann

Functions: Restaurant

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Marquee of the State Theatre, Flint, MI in 1930

The State Theatre opened on February 24, 1925 with Virginia Valli in “The Unknown”. Seating given at 1,050. It was located two doors down from the Strand Theatre. The State Theatre was operated by Butterfield Theatres and played mostly second run double bills. It had a ballroom located on its upper floors.

The State Theatre closed in 1952 and was partially demolished. A new building on the site housed a Winkelman’s clothing store, which is now in use as a bar & grill restaurant named Blackstone’s.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

CSWalczak on January 21, 2010 at 4:39 am

This page from Water-Winter Wonderland shows both an old postcard view of the Strand and State Theaters abd a B&W shot of buildings' facades years later: View link

steelbeard1 on June 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

Actually, it is the rear facade facing Brush Alley that is still standing. Most of the building was torn down when it was converted to retail use. It is now a thriving restaurant called Blackstone’s Pub and Grill utilizing the old sign when it was Blackstone’s clothing store.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The October 25, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald World lists the State Theatre in Flint as one of several houses designed by architect George J. Bachmann.

nsortzi on January 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

The book “Flint 1890-1960” says this theater also contained a ballroom on its upper floors. It was demolished in 1952 and replaced with a Winkelman’s clothing store, which is what currently occupies the site that is being used as a restaurant.

rivest266 on December 3, 2021 at 12:32 pm

The State theatre opened on February 24th, 1925. Grand opening ad posted

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