State Theatre

1008 N. Franklin Street,
Tampa, FL 33602

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Previously operated by: Claughton Theaters

Styles: Art Deco

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State Theatre, Tampa FL

Small theatre located on N. Franklin Street, north of the main business section of the street. The State Theatre was opened December 26, 1940 with Pat O'Brien in “Knute Rockne All American”. It was operated by the Claughton Theaters chain. It was remodeled with a new Art Deco facade and marquee in 1949. It was demolished prior to 1987, when the city constructed the ill-fated Herman Massey Park.

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Nunzienick on August 31, 2010 at 5:46 am

I heard the State Theatre was a Warner Brothers house for some time and played Warners pictures exclusively. The filmed-in-Tampa WWII epic “AIR FORCE” had it’s world premier here and was a huge city event.

When the theatre closed the building became a fabric store for several years. I can’t be sure but I think it was called Mae Fabrics. The State closed before my movie going days so I never got the chance to see it as a theatre. I visited the fabric store a couple times during the mid-1960s anxiously looking around for some detail of the theatre but alas there was nothing remaining of the State.

These two photos are dated 1948. Refreshment stand with lady employee. Looks like candy was a big seller in 1948. Where’s the popcorn machine?
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Line of people waiting to buy tickets for an exciting attraction.
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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

This is the State in 1984, courtesy of the State Archives. Everything from the State to the traffic light was demolished.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Thanks all for the great pictures.

TLSLOEWS on September 1, 2010 at 12:28 am

Great 1948 photos Nick. “Johnny Gonatos on Stage”!!!

Nunzienick on September 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

Two photos of the gala premier of Warners' “King of the Carnival” at the State in 1955:
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Harry Lauter and Fran Bennett, the stars of the film make an appearance:
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Fran Bennett looks pleased with her crown:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Love to have that “ROBIN HOOD” one sheet.Great pics,Nick.

Richard Wheeler
Richard Wheeler on September 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm

The State Theatre suffered from being located in an area that increasingly became a “skid-row” district back in the 1950s-60s. Much of that area was later cleared by urban renewal programs.

rivest266 on September 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm

This opened on December 26th, 1940. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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