State Theatre

157 Broad Street,
Kingsport, TN 37660

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Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on September 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Google Street View of April 2019 shows the exterior and marquee to be in reasonably good condition.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm

This reopened as the Christian Cinema on January 11th, 1985 and renamed All-American Family Cinema on August 12th, 1988. All American Family CinemaAll American Family Cinema Fri, Aug 12, 1988 – 29 · Kingsport Times-News (Kingsport, Tennessee) · Newspapers.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2019 at 10:53 pm

The official web site link is defunct. The State Theatre Company also has a Facebook page, but it hasn’t been updated in almost two years. There is also a Twitter feed, but its last update is from 28 June 2017. The theater company was presenting events that year, but apparently not at the theater itself. I haven’t found anything more recent, and suspect that the renovation project is currently moribund.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm

This opened on March 6th, 1936. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm

1954 photo added via David Kroger.

pnelson
pnelson on August 28, 2015 at 2:50 am

Handsome exterior and box office and marquee.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 28, 2015 at 2:22 am

1951/`52 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Original marquee on the far right.

davidfhale
davidfhale on September 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Lamplight bailed on the State and bought the Strand instead.

A couple involved in downtown Kingsport has purchased the State:

Article

ree_ree
ree_ree on June 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Lamplight is working to finnish restoring it!Hopeing thay got all the pleages that thay need.

Patsy
Patsy on November 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

What exactly is the current status of this theatre?

davidfhale
davidfhale on November 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm

The developer’s plan is stalled, so the theatre is going to sit there until somebody comes up with the funding to buy it and finish the restoration:

https://kingsportarchives.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/state-theatre/

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Big Christmas Movie One week only,John Wayne in the “HELLFIGHTERS”.Adults were 1.25 and kids were 50 cents.1967.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

Here is a 1947 photo of the State Theatre’s auditorium, showing part of the original Mediterranean atmospheric decoration of the sidewall.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 10, 2010 at 1:54 am

Feb 6 1969 and THE BEATLES are playing in"YELLOW SUBMARINE"

Dec.11 ,1969 and “PARANOIA” a horror movie is playing with no one admitted under 18 without a parent.

Patsy
Patsy on January 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

This theatre has gone through some changes over the years, but glad to see that it is being renovated/restored with TLC.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 23, 2007 at 5:54 am

Here is a December 1944 ad from the Kingsport Times:
http://tinyurl.com/34n5tm

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on November 25, 2006 at 10:33 pm

Here are some 2006 photos of the State 1, 2, 3

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 16, 2006 at 11:27 pm

There was an interesting lineup at the State on 1/13/46:

Days And Nights Of Romance And Uproarious Adventure
In TECHNICOLOR!

Out of the legendary East comes an amazing tale of prlncesses and
and paupers… and the genie with the light brown hair!

Spectacular slave girl auctions, luscious dancing girls, the Sultan's
Darling, the Giant who performs miracles… all in

A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS

Short Hits
John Nesbitt presents
A New, Interesting Passing Parade Story of “THE GREAT AMERICAN MUGGS"
plus
LATEST NEWS EVENTS

Open Daily 9:45 a.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW TONIGHT-AND MONDAY * TUESDAY
THE FRIENDLY STATE

jefffleming
jefffleming on June 2, 2006 at 12:18 am

This theatre has been acquired by Doug Beatty, a restoration carpenter from Asheville, NC. He discovered the original architectural plans is meticulously restoring the building as a multi-purpose venue for special events.