State Theatre

805 Hennepin Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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June 1970 photo courtesy of Mike Evangelist.

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The State Theatre began life as a vaudeville/silent movie house, opening on February 5, 1921. It later changed exclusively to movies.

The theatre was restored to its original form in 1991 and now hosts stage and Broadway shows, concerts, corporate meetings, and special events. The State Theatre is part of the Hennepin Theatre District, which also includes the restored Orpheum Theatre, the Pantages Theatre, and possibly restore the Shubert Theatre as a live performance venue.

Contributed by Mike Geater

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BrooklynJim on July 3, 2006 at 7:54 am

If there’s anyone out there in CT Land who can access the archival photo files of the Minneapolis Public Library Historical Collection, there’s an excellent daytime photo of the State Theater, c. 1954. The photo had appeared on page 95 of Alan R. Lind’s book, “Twin City Rapid Transit Pictorial” (Transport History Press, 1984), but the first edition was limited to only 3,000 copies and is long out-of-print.

In this panoramic shot, a trolley is heading toward the photographer on Hennepin at 9th St., and a city bus is going in the opposite direction. The State, shown on the right with a different marquee design than previously displayed in earlier years by others, was running “Arrow in the Dust” at the time, starring Sterling Hayden and Coleen Gray. Lots of other local buildings are also shown in the photo.

I lack the technical capability to scan the book’s photo and link it to this page. Hopefully, one of you folks can locate that pic and post it for the enjoyment of all. Good luck!

kencmcintyre on August 16, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Here is a 1930 photo. A Marx Brothers movie is playing:

BrooklynJim on September 19, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Kudos, ken mc. Your sharp 1953 photo embodies most of the details – and the exact State marquee – as the 1954 view I’d described back on 7/3. Eventually, I hope to have the technical means to link the one from my book, plus a whole lot more from NY to CA. Thx for providing this pic for us in the meantime!

KJB2012 on August 15, 2007 at 2:04 pm

I see you have listed the architectural firm of Liebenberg & Kaplen. While it is correct that Pridmore was the architect, I don’t believe he was working with the Liebenberg & Kaplan firm.

Aparofan on March 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

Here’s a 1997 shot of the State.

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Logan5 on October 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The State Theatre’s marquee appears very briefly during a montage sequence in the 1996 Christmas-themed Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Jingle All The Way”.

DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Added several photos via the Old Minneapolis Facebook page. Credited individually where possible.

DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

1942 & 1970 photos added.

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