State Theatre

304 6th Avenue,
Clarence, IA 52216

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The State Theatre was opened in part of the American Legion Hall. It opened its doors on May 6, 1938 with Pat O'Brien in “Submarine D-I” with no extra short subjects featuring the original installation of Da-Lite screen.

The State Theatre closed for the final time on March 30, 1952 with Ray Milland in “Rhubarb” along with a cartoon and a newsreel. However, the State Theatre did have an attempt to reopen on May 2 of that same year, but unfortunately it never happened and would eventually become another one of the growing television victims.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 10, 2024 at 2:13 pm

A centennial history of Clarence published in 1959 said that the town’s 1938 theater was installed in the north half of the American Legion Hall. With an expanding membership during the post-war period, the Legion decided to remodel the building and use the entire space for their own activities.

I haven’t been able to confirm that the current American Legion hall is the same remodeled building, which was rededicated in 1954, but aside from a fake mansard that probably dates from the 1970s it does have a midcentury look to it. If this was the State Theatre, the building’s address is 304 6th Avenue, just off Lombard Street, which is aka Lincoln Highway.

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