State Theatre

523 Main Street,
Point Pleasant, WV 25550

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State Theatre

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The Art Moderne-style State opened on Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets in 1942. The theater could seat 700. The State remained in operation until 1980, and then sat vacant until 1993 when it was restored. It was reopened for movies in early 1994, including midnight showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Though the State stopped showing movies again in 2003, it is still used for various live events.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 26, 2006 at 3:55 pm

The exterior of the State in Point Pleasant was seen several times in the background during an hour-long sequence of “Sci-Fi Investigates” when the investigative team visited Point Pleasant to explore the legend of the “Mothman”. (Sci-Fi Channel). The filming took place during the summer and the theatre looked very much as in Lost Memory’s photo above.

KPKilburn
KPKilburn on November 18, 2007 at 2:42 pm

I got the opportunity to look at this grand theater in 1987 (my father was considering purchasing it) and was absolutely amazed at how beautiful it was. Despite almost two decades of dust and neglect, it was still absolutely amazing – balcony, stage, crying room for babies. I unfortunately cannot describe how splendid it was. Even the projectors still worked! There is nothing like entering an old theater that still has everything as it was the day it closed – movie posters, film clips on the floor, and even old popcorn bags and paper cups.

PearlPhotography
PearlPhotography on July 13, 2008 at 8:38 pm

The State is currently for sale. I didn’t see the tiny sign until just now as I’m processing the photos from my June 21st visit to Point Pleasant.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 1, 2009 at 1:37 am

Here is an item from the Charleston Daily Mail dated 2/11/36, which conflicts with the 1942 opening date in the introduction.

POINT PLEASANT, Feb. 11.â€"Announcement has been made of the sale of State theater, to Alpine Theater company, owner of a chain of theaters in Ohio and West Virginia. The new concern will take over the theater Wednesday. New sound equipment will be installed. The deal involved the property, the fixtures and the equipment. Ross Filson, who sold the theater, has retained an option on the apartment above the theater for a year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

The first State Theatre might have been renamed the Alpine Theatre after being taken over by the Alpine Circuit in 1936. The Alpine Theatre at Point Pleasant was mentioned in the February 17, 1937, issue of The Film Daily.

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