State Theatre

687 Central Avenue,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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State Theatre

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The State Theatre opened in 1950 in 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2005 at 12:34 am

Built in 1924 as the Alexander National Bank. Original architect was Neel Reid. The building became a movie theater in 1949.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2006 at 11:42 am

This is a recent photo of the State Theater.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm

This theatre opened on May 1st, 1950, and the ad can be found on this newspaper page at View link

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on October 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

Around 1968 a friend and I drove over from Tampa to see “South Pacific” here. It was my first time at the State, and I recall being impressed by the wide CinemaScope screen with the colored lighting behind it. It did appear to be free-floating…very unusual but effective. “South Pacific” looked great and the onscreen image was well-focused overall. I remember the seats were very comfortable and the cushions were slightly thicker and softer than standard theatre seating. In 1969 I also saw “The Gay Deceivers.” These were the only two films I saw here. Wish I had driven over more often. The State was a very nice, comfortable theatre.

BobbyS
BobbyS on July 28, 2013 at 6:06 am

Remember seeing “THE HIGH & THE MIGHTY” starring John Wayne in the 1950’s with my family. Screen was large like the ones we were used to in Chicago. Went to Florida every year and always took in a movie at the State.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on July 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

They had a curved, suspended CinemaScope screen with no adjustable masking, just like the one at the Center. It was backlighted in blue.

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”.

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