Monterey’s State Theatre Being Sold
MONTEREY, CA — The 1926 Golden State Theatre is in the process of being sold. The new owner, who is from the Los Angeles area where he has owned a recording studio, expects to own the theater sometime in mid-to late September 2004.
Immediate plans call for the balcony triplexing (added in 1976) to be removed, allowing the auditorium to return to one space. New seats on the main floor, and possible some in the balcony will take place as well.
Plans call for classic and some first run films, silent films using the theater’s Wurlitzer organ, live events on-stage, conferences, and use by the City of Monterey as an adjunct to their conference center (which is just two blocks from the State).
The Golden State Theatre opened on August 6, 1926 with 1600 seats. Various plans for the State have been launched over the last 15 years but none came to pass, thankfully. Once the property has passed to the new owner, more information will hit these pages.