State Theatre

277 State Street,
Schenectady, NY 12305

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rivest266 on September 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

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

Tinseltoes on March 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

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.

spectrum on December 8, 2010 at 4:06 am

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.

joemasher on August 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

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.

rivest266 on February 5, 2010 at 1:17 am

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.

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Warren G. Harris on May 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 28, 2007 at 5:22 pm

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:

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Warren G. Harris on July 26, 2007 at 2:56 pm

The auditorium had a stadium section of seats at the rear of the orchestra floor. Eighteen B&W photos of the State’s interior and exterior can easily be found through the search engine at the Library of Congress website:

Plantweed on July 21, 2007 at 4:09 am

Check out some vintage ad mats from the State:

barrygoodkin on October 26, 2005 at 8:01 pm

The State Theatre opened on December 10, 1922. The arhitectural firm Reilly & Hall designed the theatre. The Schenectady Gazette of December 9, 1922 reported that the Mark Strand Theatre Circuit is the owner and builder of the theatre. Mark Strand operated the Strand Theatre in New York City and theatres in Brooklyn, Albany, Troy, Rochester and Buffalo. In the 1931 Film Daily Year Book Green County Amusement Company is listed as the operator. Fabian Theatres acquired the theatres of the Green County Amusement Company (W. W. Farley)in 1935.

joemasher on June 20, 2005 at 11:30 pm

The State closed in the 70’s and remained vacant until it was demolished around 1989. The lobby building still exists at the corner of State & Erie, just across and down from Proctor’s. The flat marquee (minus the STATE letters) and poster cases are still used to advertise businesses in the lobby arcade. All of the State’s seats were one one floor—the theatre did not have a balcony. I was inside just before it went down. The space remains an empty lot.