State Theater

418 N. Main Street,
Garden City, KS 67846

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

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State Theater

The State Theatre was opened in May 1929. By 1941 and through to at least 1950, it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement. It was remodeled in 1967.

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BSeagraves on June 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Anyone who wishes to email me, feel free:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 21, 2008 at 11:55 pm

A 1987 view of the State Theater in Garden City here and here.

ria on October 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Hello BSeagraves, I have sent 4 photos to your email address of the State taken in 1950. My father, Jack Veeren, was assistant manager
there at the time. I’d also like to post them on this site, but was not able to. Ria Veeren

Driveintheatre2001 on January 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

Seen Here a photo of the State Theatre I took back in November of 2007. Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

prodriguez on October 4, 2013 at 12:31 am

I worked at the State Theater in 1984. My boss was James Drake who was also the city manager. I spent more time at the Drive In theater. I’ll never forget the crusty old guy named Barney. Great Job! Paul R

prodriguez on October 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

Least favorite part of the job was taking the bucket of grease out the front door to Main Street to pour it down the sewer. People would drag Main Street in those days, including yours truly. People would yell at me and throw the occasional beer can.

Best part – watching random parts of the same movie 24 to 28 times in 14 days. My pay – minimum wage of $3.35/hour.

kpdennis on August 27, 2015 at 2:21 am

The “Renovate The State” project – aiming to raise funds for a restoration of the State Theater – is the marquee message this summer. Anyone out there from the area who can give us a progress report? New photos in the pictures section.

DavidZornig on April 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Mid `60’s photo added courtesy of Theo Tersteeg. Not the clearest photo, but it does show the original marquee & blade sign on the left beyond the Sinclair station. And that the height of the original facade must have been reduced when the new facade was added.

mecop186 on November 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Would anyone have any photo’s of The State from 1959? This was the theater that Nancy Clutter and Bob Rupp went to for a midnight spook movie the night before the Clutter murders.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2018 at 8:02 pm

In 1967, Commonwealth Theatres' reopened the State Theatre on July 19 following an extensive remodeling project that had taken three months to complete. The house sported new seating, carpeting and decor, as well as remodeled lobby, concession stand, and lounges, and a new front and marquee. Paramount’s feature “El Dorado” was the opening attraction.

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