Save the State from being demolished!
OWATONNA, MN — Located in downtown Owatonna, Minnesota, the State Theater is an Art Deco building that opened as a movie theater in 1935. The interior included a 35' high ceiling, four distinct arches, Art Deco sconces, 1000 seats, plush curtains and a vaudeville stage. Retail space exists on both sides of the main entry. The building was “modernized” through two separate renovations during the 1970’s and 1980’s, dividing the auditorium into three screens. The theater closed in 1996 and has been vacant since.
Owatonna’s Main Street program was unsuccessful in finding an investor to bring the State back to life.
The city of Owatonna’s Economic Development Authority recently gave its blessing to a proposal that may level the State Theater in downtown Owatonna.
If the current owner, Newco Theaters Inc., in Columbus, GA agrees to donate the land, city crews would then demolish the building and ready the site for construction of an office building in the spring of 2010.
The State Theater is listed in the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2007 list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places.
I am trying to preserve an history landmark in the downtown district and trying to generate interest in saving the State Theater from being Demolished!
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