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I attended this theater several times in the late seventies. I was shocked and pleased that they were still presenting their program like the old days—opening the curtain, running a cartoon (and newsreel?) before the movie.
I rode my bike by this theater in Aug 2012 as a side trip from the Great Allegheny Passage. It is now an apartment building, but still retains its “State” marquee.
My brothers and sisters and I frequently attended this theater’s Saturday morning cartoon shows in the 1950’s—17 cartoons for 25 or 35 cents. It was the type of place where mothers could drop off their kids for a few hours without worry.
The manager at the time was a Mr. Mervis, nicknamed nervous Mervis by the kids.
The theater had no lobby to speak of. The concession stand was in the back of the auditorium. At the time, movies often played for only one two or three days—featured movie changed two or three times a week.
I remember attending some kind of a kid’s show with an emcee in the late 50’s or early 60’s. My mother, who grew up in the area, had told me it was originally built by the steel mill across the street and obtained its head from the mill.
I remember walking by this theater in the early 1960’s. It seemed pretty shabby and was charging 15 cents for admission.