20 N. Robinson Avenue,
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Opened on March 5, 1937 with Grace Moore in “When You’re in Love”. The State Theatre was one of only a handful of theatres 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 Theatre 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 Theatre to be razed in 1971, a sad loss to downtown Oklahoma City.
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