State Theatre

316-318 Runnels Street,
Big Spring, TX 79720

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Previously operated by: Rowley United Theatres Inc.

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: RX-70 Theatre

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State Theatre

This run-down building opened as the State Theatre in around 1942. The facade is simple, but unusual in that it is native limestone, with large fossil shells in it. The marquee is boarded over, the vertical has been painted light blue, and all the neon is broken. The central feature of the facade was covered in blue and yellow tile, but this has nearly all either fallen off or been stolen. Another wreck on Big Spring’s depressing streets. By 1957 it was operated by Rowley United Theatres Inc.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Seth on October 13, 2004 at 9:08 pm

Forgot to thank Charles VanBibber for help with the ID on this one.

calc on December 30, 2004 at 5:37 pm

anyone have any info on this theatre? maybe also how many people it sat at one time?

malcolmdbc39 on November 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

In later years this theater was known as the RX-70. I believe it had something to do with being remodeled in the 70’s. The current owner said everything inside had been removed.

jefferyintexas on August 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Recently found a jewel…a picture of the Port Theater, circa 1959 in Jacinto City, Tx. There is where I grew up in the late 40s, early 50s! Still looking for a pic of the Galena Theater in Galena Park, Tx. These along with a few others were owned by O.K. Theatre Enterprises in Dallas, Tx. Oskar Korn was president; Albert Rains, booker. I tried to trace the O.K. Korn family through my limited online sites but no luck. Anyone out there have anything to add?? Theaters listed were: Lisbon [Dallas]; Midway, Galena [Galena Park]; Avalon, Globe, Grand, Hi Nabor Drive In; Lindale; Port [Jacinto City; Venus [Denver Harbor. Regards. Jeff Brant, Seabrook Tx 77586

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