State Theatre

1048 4th Avenue,
Huntington, WV 25704

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State Sign Visible During 1937 Flood

The State Theatre was just east of the Palace Theatre (Camelot Theatre/Jeslyn Performing Arts Center) on the 1000 block of 4th Avenue. It was operating prior to 1941, and continued to operate until at least 1950. It had a reputation for showing westerns. Later, it was used for live wrestling. Torn down to make way for expansion of Huntington Trust Savings Bank. Former manager Al Cross once told of accepting a chicken as a trade for a ticket during the Great Depression.

Contributed by Tony Rutherford

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DavidZornig on March 23, 2022 at 8:30 pm

Link with additional history.

DavidZornig on March 23, 2022 at 8:50 pm

OK, full history here credit Patrick Morris, supersedes everything above.

The Placade Playhouse was built circa 1912 at 1048 Fourth Avenue and was the first of four theater buildings to be constructed in the 1000 block of Fourth Avenue. An additional photograph of the building that was contributed by GB Berry is shown in the first comment. Both of these pictures were taken circa 1912 – 1914. Note that private residences were still located on each side of the theater. The Placade had become the home of the ” New Hippodrome” circa 1914 (after 2 -3 years) when the Hippodrome moved from 1042 Third Avenue. The picture of the New Hippodrome is shown in the second comment below. Note the pair of double square columns on each end of the building. This picture was taken circa 1921 – 1926 after the Motor Sales building was constructed at 1032 Fourth Avenue. In the meantime the Orpheum Theater was built circa 1916 at 1019 Fourth Ave. Circa 1923, the Placade / Hippodrome/ building became the State Theater which was in operation until the circa 1960.

Circa 1926, the Strand Theater moved into the building at 1037 Fourth Ave. across the street from the State Theater. Circa 1927, the Motor Sales building at 1032 Fourth Ave. became the location for the Palace Theater. Circa 1933, the Strand at 1037 became the Roxie. The Roxie was closed after a fire in 1952, but the building was repaired and used later for other businesses.

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