State Theatre

687 Central Avenue,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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State Theatre

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The State Theatre opened May 1, 1950 in a conversion of a building originally built in 1924 as a bank. It closed in 1982. The theatre mostly hosts live concerts but has recently hosted the Renegade Films' Saints and Sinners Film Festival.

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jimmyj
jimmyj on December 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The first movie shown at the “State Theater” was “The Out Riders” starring Joel McCrea.

jimmyj
jimmyj on December 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

RockSalt: I knew your Father or Grand Father who was a collector of German Luger Pistols. We both were members of the “Tampa Bay Gun Collectors” club. He had a office at the “Center Theater” which was the former “Roxy Theater”.

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Sorry ROCKSALT, but the PLAZA TWIN THEATRES in St. Petersburg, built for Florida Theatres and later owned by ABC, Cobb and Cineplex Odeon, was equipped to run 70mm in theatre one. As an IATSE projectionist, I was an operator there for many years. The projectors and soundheads were CENTURY and the sound amps were all ALTEC. The projectors in theatre one were CENTURY 35-70’s and theatre two were CENTURY straight 35’s.

P. K. "Budd" Ballard
P. K. "Budd" Ballard on November 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

An additional comment regarding the PLAZA TWIN THEATRES … The last 70mm print ran at the theatre was BRAINSTORM with Christopher Walken. Of course, I was there in the projection booth.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 21, 2016 at 9:59 pm

I checked out the Plaza booth under Cecil Fernandez, but I never got to work there.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm

Cecil sent me to the State and Cameo, but they both closed before I got to work there. Chuck Horton was at the Cameo and John was at the State.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

This opened on May 1st, 1950. Grand opening ad in photo section.

Lance_Olson
Lance_Olson on December 4, 2017 at 9:57 pm

Currently this is a music venue. They pulled the main floor seats. ISD has reduced the capacity due to life safety issues; owners fighting for the extra capacity.

Lance_Olson
Lance_Olson on December 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Please note that I don’t know the details of capacity restriction and understand from the media that ISD has increased capacity somewhat, so the owners are making progress. The city needs more theaters so I hope it will return and I’d love to help the owners bring it back for mixed program events and films.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2017 at 12:31 am

A document listing historic buildings in St, Petersburg says that the 1924 bank building which was converted into the State Theatre in 1950 was designed by Atlanta architect Neel Reid.

Reid’s fine Beaux Arts facade is still intact, but judging from the two interior shots in this web gallery the original interior is gone. It looks like much of Archie Parish’s streamlined 1950 remodeling probably remains.

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