State Theatre

212 S. Michigan Street,
South Bend, IN 46601

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 19, 2008 at 3:43 am

The link posted on July 18, 2008 is correct. Do you mean the link posted on April 30, 2008?

spectrum on October 19, 2008 at 3:41 am

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

spectrum on October 19, 2008 at 3:40 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm

This is a 2008 photo. Is the building only used as a church or does it have another function?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Here is an updated link for the church website.

jimvid on April 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

The State Theater now serves at the Life Church:
View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2007 at 2:12 am

A Kimball theater organ was installed in the Blackstone (State) Theater in 1920.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2006 at 7:53 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1985

Blackstone-State Theater (added 1985 – Building – #85001204)
212 S. Michigan, South Bend
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Newhouse,Harry
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

jackshaw on November 29, 2006 at 12:30 am

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 6, 2006 at 3:48 am

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

npmolnar on August 4, 2006 at 12:50 pm

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 2, 2006 at 12:49 am

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 6:20 pm

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 9:42 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 12:45 pm

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