609 Congress Street,
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State Theatre, Portland (Official)
Previously operated by: AMT (American Movie Theaters)
Architects: Herbert W. Rhodes
The State Theatre opened on 8th November 1929 and was designed in a semi-Atmospheric/Spanish style. The original seating capacity was for 2,300. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 8 ranks organ. It operated as a first run movie house until 1969, when it became a porn theatre. On September 9, 1970 a second screen was added.
In 1989, the theatre was closed and fell into disrepair. By the mid-1990’s, the theatre was saved and restored. It closed for a brief time after its restoration and was reopened by new owners as a performing arts and concerts venue.
Closed again in early-2007, it was the last of the movie palaces left in the city of Portland, Maine.
The State Theatre re-opened in October 2010 as a concert and live performance venue.
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