State Theater

504 N. Main Street,
Clovis, NM 88101

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Architects: Jack M. Corgan, William J. Moore Jr.

Firms: Corgan & Moore

Functions: Concerts, Live Performances

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: State Music Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 505.762.9225

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State Theater

Although a common name, this State Theatre, which was opened January 3, 1940, featured some uncommon and unique, colorful signage. Its centerpiece was a huge circular column that was covered in glass brick on the front and was trimmed in red and blue on its top. Attached to and protruding from the column was a vertical support that had State spelled out in individual white letters on red circular backgrounds. The theater is still open today, but instead of movies, features live musical acts.

Contributed by Don lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 18, 2007 at 1:58 pm

The STATE has been added to New Mexico’s National Register of Historic Places.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 18, 2007 at 2:27 pm

A closer look at the STATE’S unique and colorful sign.

rbrtptrck on June 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm

A 1959 Clovis High School graduate recalls bits about lots of Clovis theatres on this page:
Search for the two paragraphs beginning
“I remember all the theaters and drive-ins"

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Boxoffice of March, 1988, said that Commonwealth Theatres had closed its State Theatre in Clovis the previous December 18, the same day the circuit’s new North Plains four-plex was opened.

A 1944 Boxoffice item said that E. R. Hardwick, long-time operator of the State, had entered the theater business in 1909 as an usher, and had been in charge of theaters in Clovis since 1913. He became an affiliate of Griffith Theatres in 1933.

rbrtptrck on June 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Does anyone remember an early 1950’s restaurant called The Aristocrat? My parents, Stan and Jo Curkee, ran it. Some women’s clubs held luncheons there. I’d really apreciate any photos of it. , rbrtptrck

rbrtptrck on August 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

My memories of theatres in Clovis and Roswell in the 1950s

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 8, 2014 at 12:17 am

The January 1, 1940, issue of the Clovis News-Journal said that the formal opening of the new State Theatre would take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 3.

Rowland L. Tessier III
Rowland L. Tessier III on September 2, 2016 at 8:44 pm

The State Theater Marquee was built by Hi-Glo Neon signs of Clovis which was owned and operated by Rowland Tessier. He had built other signs for Griffith in the past. Hi-Glo operated until the outbreak of World War II. Neon transformers were deemed non essential for the war effort. He ultimately sold the company to H.L. Cox of Amarillo and joined the See Bees to fight in the pacific. After the war he opened Tesco Neon signs in Roswell and continued to manufacture theater marquees and other signs throughout New Mexico and Texas.

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