State Theatre

332 S. Main Street,
Akron, OH 44308

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dsedman on February 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

The original Bank Theatre opened in a bank on March 27, 1912 at 16 S. Main. It moved to new digs within a bank building launching in the 328-332 S. Main facility on December 9, 1917 with “The Price Mark.” In August of 1923, the Bank Theatre became the State Theatre.

Always a subrun double feature house, the State had its biggest run with the Gene Tunney v. Jack Dempsey fight in 1927. With demolition occurring nearby, the low point came when the ceiling crashed down August 13, 1947 when “The Man from Texas” was playing. Only four of 50 patrons were injured. The theatre finally ended its run in August of 1950.

TivFan on November 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I have a postcard (late 1920’s/1930’s) showing the State Theatre. The building still exists, as well as the columned building next door. The three structures directly opposite it (on Main Street at East Exchange Street) are still standing.