State Theatre

212 S. Michigan Street,
South Bend, IN 46601

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spectrum on October 18, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Sorry for my goof — Lost Memory’s link IS correct.

spectrum on October 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

The link from two messages above is incorrect. Here is the correct link:

jimvid on April 30, 2008 at 1:36 pm

The State Theater now serves at the Life Church:
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jackshaw on November 28, 2006 at 4:30 pm

after restoration, the State was a great movie experience. Took the family to see Independence Day . Beautiful restoration. Hope they re-open as a classic movie theater. Like to see some of my old favorites on the big screen. Bogart, John Wayne, Hitchcock Jim Stewart and so on.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 5, 2006 at 7:48 pm

Not relating to the State, I wanted to mention that Brother Andrew was a good man.

npmolnar on August 4, 2006 at 4:50 am

The South Bend Tribune had two articles about the State Theater today. Reportedly, it’ll be a cultural center with a Christian influence. It should be interesting to see if it works in the downtown setting. South Bend has made a concerted effort to revitalize the downtown and this could be the acid test. Take a look at for a little more info and links.

mamahootie on August 1, 2006 at 4:49 pm

My friends, the State has been purchased (July 2006) and will reopen to the public for one day, September 7th during ArtBeat 2006 for a grand estate sale. All proceeds will go to the renovation of the State Theatre which has lost its lustre over the years of neglect, abuse and water damage. You can keep up with its progress, read press releases, news stories plus view photos at

barrygoodkin on April 3, 2006 at 10:20 am

My friend & colleague, the late Brother Andrew Corsini, one of the founders of the Theatre Historical Society, indicated to me that the State originally opened as the Blackstone and was designed by the architectural firm of Newhouse & Bernham. It opened on January 29, 1921. On opening it had a Kimball 2 manual organ.

kwilson on March 25, 2006 at 1:42 pm

On June 30, 1934 John Dillinger and his gang robbed their last bank in the same block where the State stands. A shootout with the Police took place in the street. It’s said that some of the bullets hit the upper facade of the State. I’ve stood in front of the State and with the aid of binoculars, I saw what could be patched bullet holes. I don’t know for sure, but I can’t rule it out.

BillHunt on December 29, 2005 at 4:45 am

The State Theatre in Downtown South Bend, IN is now closed. It has gone through foreclosure and is availible for sale through Prudential One Realty Commercial Division. E-mail Bill Hunt for listing at

Bill Hunt