State Theatre

277 State Street,
Schenectady, NY 12305

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STATE Theatre; Schenectady, New York.

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The State Theatre was opened on December 10, 1922 with Harold Lloyd in “Grandma’s Boy”. It was closed in 1989 and the auditorium was demolished. The front section of the building remains in situ today.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 28, 2007 at 9:22 am

The theatre first opened on December 10th, 1922, with Harold Lloyd’s five-reel comedy, “Grandma’s Boy,” as the main attraction. A long and detailed history, including descriptions of nearly every portion of the building, can be found at the Library of Congress website next to the photos that I mentioned previously. Sadly, the State became a porno venue until the owner fell behind in paying taxes and the city took over the site for demolition:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 12, 2008 at 8:55 am

Here’s a 1923 view of the State’s resident orchestra:
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Please compare to stage view in Library of Congress photo previously linked above by “ken mc”:

rivest266 on February 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

This opened on December 10th, 1922. You can load the microfilm in this new remote-control microfilm reader at View link remember to rewind it after you are done.

joemasher on August 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

The auditorium portion of the State was demolished in the late 80’s for a parking lot. The entrance arcade and marquee are still standing. The marquee is rented out to local businesses to advertise their wares.

spectrum on December 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

re: Check 1231’s photo link from 12/22/2009. Isn’t that Olender’s building facade (across the street) the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen? Looks like a 40 foot by 70 foot sheet of faded gray-green sheet metal with a few silver squares attached to it. Who would ever want to cover the front of their department store with that – unless they wanted to drive themselves out of business?? Compare that with the classy building just to the left. Who would you do business with?? I just don’t understand 60’s architecture.

Tinseltoes on March 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

An image mistakenly posted in the Photos Section for the RKO Plaza shows that the State’s auditorium had a stadium section at the rear, instead of an overhanging balcony.

rivest266 on September 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

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