515 E Street,
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Firms: Bliss & Fairweather
Styles: Mission Revival
Previous Names: National Theatre
Opened as the 1,672-seat National Theatre on September 14, 1927 with Guy Newall in “The Ghost Train” (aka Der Geisterzug). It had a stage 40ft wide and 90ft deep, with 11 dressing rooms. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ which was opened by organist Alice Clemo. It was remodeled on August 28, 1936 and renamed State Theatre. It was twinned in 1970 when the balcony became its second screen. This large theatre has been vacant since closing in 1996, and in pretty bad shape.
The façade is in a Mission Revival style, and painted in unsightly browns. It is interesting for the number of niches along the upper story, which held urns in the past. The street level is boarded up, and has tacky tile from the 1970’s. The marquee is similarly ugly.
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