State Theatre

107 W. State Street,
Ithaca, NY 14850

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LuisV on August 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The State Theatre appears to be alive and well and beautiful in downtown Ithaca! I do wish they still showed periodic movies but they seem to do well as a live performance venue in this prosperous little town.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Here are two 1980 photos:



Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

History and two photos can be found here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm

The State Theater can be seen in this recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2008 at 11:40 am

Here is a December 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm

This is a recent photo of the State Theater at night.

DonLewis on October 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm

2008 views of another “cinema treasure”, the State in Ithaca. Here, here, here and here. Two enlarged views here and here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Another exterior view can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 16, 2008 at 11:02 am

Here is another view of the interior.

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[Deleted] on May 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

No problem. Hopefully they will get enough funds to complete the restoration of the organ -in addition to the theater. It’s one of the comparatively few Link organs left in existence (interestingly enough, one of the surviving Links is in a museum in Germany).

Patsy on May 8, 2008 at 9:55 am

MikeR: Great organ story..the kind we all love to read! Thanks!

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[Deleted] on May 8, 2008 at 6:49 am

The State’s website is now at There is a good explanation of the Link organ in the “History and Restoration” section.

Patsy on September 29, 2007 at 6:09 pm

Great to see this most recent photo as it shows needed work being done on the marquee!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 29, 2007 at 5:48 pm

This is an August 2007 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 19, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Two photos of the State Theater can be seen here. Click each photo to expand it.

Patsy on September 23, 2006 at 9:03 am

Lost Memory: The ceiling photo is an excellent photo in that it captures the astronomy formations. My tour included having Mr. Welch take my husband to the organ chamber room where all of the sounds once originated from. The journey involved 2 sets of very steep stairs so I stayed behind while our digital took photos for me to see later.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2006 at 5:29 am

This is an interior photo of the State Theater and here is another.

Patsy on April 13, 2006 at 9:54 am

The State Theatre is a very interesting architectural combination and should be seen to be appreciated. The theatre has its original organ though as yet to be restored. Thanks to Don Welch, head usher I was given a full tour from the projection room to the basement!

Patsy on April 10, 2006 at 7:26 am

TC: Going to Ithaca tomorrow, April 11 to see this theatre so will report back here in a few days.

Patsy on March 26, 2006 at 4:26 am

TC: The photos posted on Sept. 9, 2005 that show the unrestored marquee are good, but I hope they have been restored by now as I plan to visit this theatre this spring and would like to see them in a restored condition!

Patsy on March 26, 2006 at 4:24 am

Nice to read that the original cloud making machine is intact and there so hopefully it will be functional again as that is a MUST when having an atmospheric theatre!

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[Deleted] on February 4, 2006 at 6:03 pm

A friend and I went up recently to take a tour of the State. We were very impressed with the place and our tour guide was very informative and helpful; it was great that we got a tour arranged even though it was just the two of us. It’s almost literally like stepping back to 1928 as so much of the State is original. We got a glance of the Link organ console, which, except for the color of the case, is nearly identical to the console of the Link organ in the Roberson Museum in Binghamton. I find it very interesting that the auditorium itself is parallel with the street. They even have the original cloud making machine, although it’s not functional at the present time. I definitely wish them the best in the restoration of the theater, a definite jewel in the area.

BoxOfficeBill on November 10, 2005 at 4:43 pm


Those are nice late afternoon photos on that August Sunday as the sun hits the western exposure of South Cayuga Street. Your shots of the marquee hit the decayed spots accurately. Restoration is underway, slowly to be sure, but underway nonetheless. It will happen all in good time.

cofilms on November 10, 2005 at 4:25 pm

To Whom it May Concern:–

Why doesn’t somebody do something about the former Loew’s Kings
Theatre on Flatbush Ave., in B'klyn. The theatre has now been closed
for 28 yrs! It’s really is a pitty the way this once beautiful theatre has deteriotated. I’ve passed the theatre a couple of times-and wanted to cry every time.
Several yrs ago, Magic Johnson was supposed to turn the theatre
into a multi-plex. Thank God that didn’t materialize!! I’d rather see the place torn down. And it can’t even be torn down since it’s been declared a “landmark”!! One could only imagine what it looks like inside, after all this time.
So please somebody do something!!!


Carmine Opramolla