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Dudester21 commented about American Theater on Feb 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Chepke Restoration is now housed in the building according to a sign on the side of the building facing the railroad tracks.

Dudester21 commented about State Theatre on Jan 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Just doing some light research through the Vindy archives and it seems like the theater was used in some form until the late 80s. By 1986 it was called the Star Palace and looked to be catering less to hard rock ‘n’ roll acts that made the venue popular in the Tomorrow Club and Agora era. There are concert dates in the paper in 1987. I would assume it closed shortly thereafter.

The Agora era ended on July 23, 1982 when it abruptly closed. Bankruptcy followed. Lots of reports of fighting/vandalism associated with the facility in 1982 helped lead to its demise. It was reopened as State Theater and Civic Center in late Sept./early Oct. 1983.

Jack Gerchok, who owned and operated the Tomorrow Club and Agora, died in Jan. 1991 at the age of 52.

As far as films are concerned, Sept. 1970 seems to be the last of the ads in the Vindicator. The last film advertised is “Tropic of Cancer”.

Dudester21 commented about State Theatre on Dec 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

Man who used to manage the rock clubs at the State Theater in 70s and 80s died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.

Pretty incredible to think that young and upcoming bands like the Ramones, AC/DC, KISS and Rush played that joint. I know it’s an important historical place for movies, but it’s probably the most significant rock ‘n’ roll venue in the city’s history.