State Theater

20 N. Robinson Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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State Theater

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The State Theater was one of only a handful of theaters built to exclusively showcase Columbia Pictures. In fact, within the State’s logo design was the prominnent slogan “HOME TO COLUMBIA PICTURES!”

Architect W.T Vahlberg designed the State Theater as Streamline/Moderne. At the far end of a Hollywood chic lobby was a dramatic, sunken lounge.

The auditorium carried a rust colour scheme, featured stadium style seating with gradual floor rake that became quite steep near the rear of the house, resulting in excellent sight lines. Gorgeous, heavy drapes adorned a grafully curved screen. Indirect lighting throughout the interior bathed the space in soft hues.

Shortsighted urban development caused the State Theater to be razed in 1971, a sad loss to downtown Oklahoma City.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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raybradley
raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

From Doug Loudenback’s fantastic link comes this demolition photo of the old State Theater,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Rightside of this late-1930’s picture is the State Theater
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm

And in this picture the State Theater is leftside
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map of downtown Okla City
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Shown here are grand opening announcement newspaper ads for the State,
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Shown here are grand opening announcement newspaper ads for the State,
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Cimarron
Cimarron on February 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

1953 Pic of State Theatre, Oklahoma City, added to Photo Section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Early 60’s Night Time view of State added to Photo Section looking South on Robinson.

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

1965 Day Time Pic of State Theater added to Photo Section.

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

1971 Pic of State Finale added to Photo Section

rivest266
rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 11:38 am

1937 grand opening ad in photo section.

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