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

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

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 on February 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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

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 on March 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

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

Cimarron on March 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

1971 Pic of State Finale added to Photo Section

rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 11:38 am

1937 grand opening ad in photo section.

Cimarron on November 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

1930’s Pic of North Robinson Street with State Theater added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on February 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Oops, technology glitch earlier uploaded wrong photo’s..these are correct State Theater Photo’s in Pic Section.

OKCdoorman on October 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

The last ever active listing for this theater was Tuesday, September 7, 1971, when it was showing MGM’s screen adaptation of John Herbert’s prison-set play FORTUNE AND MEN’S EYES. The next two day’s ads state “Temporarily Closed due to Storm Damage—OPEN SOON.” It never reopened. [Oklahoma Journal]

Cimarron on October 27, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Yeah, the steep seating was way tooo comfortable for the period…My buddy and I spent late hours on a Fri. nite and would go the to State on Sat. afternoon but, fell asleep in those seats often after a fun nite…It wAS A FIRST CLASS theater with the most comfortable seating of any theater at that time in OKC….Thanks

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