20 N. Robinson Street,
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The State 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 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.
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