State Theatre

2235 First Street,
Livermore, CA 94550

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Bobbalt on January 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

The last time the State appears in movie listings is the 12/22/1956 edition of the Oakland Tribune. “Rebel in Town” with John Payne and Ruth Roman and “The Search for Bridey Murphy” starring Teresa Wright were the attractions. The new Vine Theater opened on 12/26/1956.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2014 at 1:04 am

The Livermore Theatre was remodeled in 1931. This item is from the September 19 issue of Building and Engineering News (and it appears that Livermore’s lots have been renumbered since then):

“REMODEL, THEATRE Cost, $20,000

“LIVERMORE, Alameda Co., Cal. 1075 W First Street. Alterations and additions to theatre (new steel roof trusses, roofing, interior decorating & plaster work). Owner — Livermore Theatre (Louis Schenoni, premises. Architect — Miller & Warnecke, Financial Center Bldg., Oakland. Contractor— S. Bothwell, 748 Palm Avenue, Livermore.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

At 2222 Second Street, you can see the stage house of the State Theatre, which has been converted to retail use with two floors of (probably) offices above. The theater was built behind the existing Schenone Building, with a long passageway leading through it to the new auditorium. A sign to the left of the Second Street entrance identifies the place as The Old Theatre Mall.

A couple of modern sources say that the Bell Theatre began operating at this location in 1914, but I’ve found no period sources saying anything at all about the theater other than that in 1921 the proprietors were Kline & Levy.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Boxoffice of May 19, 1956, announced the intention of West Side Theatres to build what became the Vine Theatre in Livermore. The item said that the new house would replace the chain’s State Theatre. The Vine opened in late 1956. I’ve been unable to find any Boxoffice item specifically announcing the closure of the State, but I haven’t found the house mentioned in the magazine after 1956, so it probably was closed as soon as the Vine opened.

Bobbalt on December 28, 2006 at 10:32 am

There were two different Bell theatres. The first Bell Theatre was built in 1909 and located at 2nd and J Sts. It burned down in 1919; it was this site that later became home to the Montgomery Ward catalog store and Helen’s Blossom Shop into the 1970s. The second Bell Theatre was built into the Schenone Building, one block north of the old theatre, at 2235 First St. It retained the Bell name for only a couple of years; it later became the Livermore Theatre and the California Theatre, and by 1931 was renamed the State Theatre.

kencmcintyre on December 5, 2006 at 2:16 pm

This webpage shows the Bell and State at different locations: