215 N. Cedar Avenue,
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Located in downtown Owatonna, Minnesota, the State Theater is an Art Deco style building that opened as a movie theater in 1935. The interior included a 35' high ceiling, four distinct arches, Art Deco sconces, 1,000 seats, plush curtains and a vaudeville stage. Retail space exists on both sides of the main entry.
The building was “modernized” through two separate renovations during the 1970’s and 1980’s, dividing the auditorium into three screens. The theater was closed by Carmike Cinemas in 1996 and has been vacant since.
Owatonna is a thriving community with a diverse economy, including a strong industrial, financial and service base. Owatonna is home to many internationally renowned firms such as Federated Mutual Insurance Company, Owatonna Tool Company (SPX), Jostens, Viracon, Wenger Company and others. While other rural communities in the Midwest are experiencing decline, Owatonna is experiencing annexations, new businesses and housing, as well as street and airport improvements.
Owatonna’s Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of downtown Owatonna, and has rekindled entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic concern. Main Street has assembled a task force that stands ready to assist a motivated investor in obtaining the necessary grants and low-interest financing required to bring “the State” back to life. Sadly, it not to be and the Cameo 3 has been demolished.
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