State Theater

20 N. Robinson Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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

1937 grand opening ad in photo section.

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

1971 Pic of State Finale added to Photo Section

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 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 February 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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

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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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 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 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Rightside of this late-1930’s picture is the State Theater
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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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seymourcox
seymourcox on July 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

Roadside Oklahoma pages have vintage views of the old State Theater;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/495

raybradley
raybradley on November 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

During the summer of ‘45 lovely swimwear models were photographed inside the sunken lobby of the State Theater. The State usually kept their interior in “like new” condition, but wartime shortages may explain the rundown appearance of the area during this time frame. Note torn drapes and missing carpeting.
To see pictures type in word “swimsuit” –
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on November 10, 2008 at 10:01 am

Good views of the State Theater can be seen on this updated site;
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Rodney
Rodney on September 10, 2007 at 5:50 pm

These vintage photos are not the OKC State Theatre.
Anyone out there know where this movie house was located?
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/C1494.jpg
and
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/C1493.jpg

Religeous picture featured on marquee was a cheapie product from gimmick producer Kroger Babb.
Babb usually pitched sexploitation pictures that hyped hot, graphic sex, but seldom lived up to its bold promise.

raybradley
raybradley on May 12, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Below web site has a 1937 exterior photograph of the State Theatre. Once page downloads, type in word ‘theatre’, then hit enter -
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Okie
Okie on April 22, 2006 at 5:35 pm

Click here to view colour postcard images of OKC’s State Theater;
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xxx
xxx on March 26, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Several exterior/interior photos of Shriners Theater can be found in the oklahoman archive web site, grand opening announcement-December 16, 1923, edition.

Okie
Okie on March 26, 2006 at 4:44 am

Check out Oklahoman Archive web site for clear images of the State Theater-
Architectural drawing (note clever use of marquee to slip in architect’s name)– January 03, 1937.
Exterior photo- April 18, 1937.

Okie
Okie on March 16, 2006 at 3:35 pm

Also on the OKCPostcards site can be seen the HOME Theater. Opened in 1923 as Shriners Theater, it was acquired 1932 by Stanley/Warner Theaters and became Warner’s Auditorium. When Home State Insurance took control of the building in 1947 the name was changed to Home. I always thought the name Home sounded too small and cozy for a 2300 seat movie house.

Okie
Okie on March 3, 2006 at 7:52 am

Vintage postcard shot of State Theatre on N. Robinson St. Across from State can be seen Liberty Theatre;
http://www.tulsaarchitecture.com/OKCPostcards.htm

xxx
xxx on October 22, 2005 at 10:29 am

Vintage downtown album, in the background of the State Theater post card view, can be seen a sky scraper designed by Architect W.W. Ahlschlager who also created NYC’s Roxy Theater…
http://www.oklahomacounty.org/assessor/

xxx
xxx on October 22, 2005 at 10:01 am

Color postcard views can be viewed in the downtown photo gallery;
http://www.oklahomacounty.org/assessor/

xxx
xxx on September 28, 2005 at 3:11 am

The STATE Theater opened 1937, and (as mentioned above) was designed by Architect W.T. Vahlberg, who later became a prominent political figure in local government.
I should mention, the rust decor resulted in complete remodel after smoke damage from a 1948 interior fire. Original 1937 colour scheme was salmon and soft yellow.
As mentioned by Mr. Jones, for a long period during the 1950s the State featured a shocking pink motif. Then it converted over to a subdued “white” look.

RonnyJones
RonnyJones on September 26, 2005 at 12:11 pm

If my memory serves, the state was the home of Todd-A-O in Oklahoma City. A series of roadshows followed in years to come. I remember seeing “My Fair Lady” at the State. The entire lobby and front was redecorated for the opening—-even the sidewalk was painted pink. The only candies sold in the concession were Mounds and Almond Joy because their packages were pink. (I think). I later remember seeing “El Cid” in 70mm at the state. What a grand and spectacular presentation. Too bad such a landmark is gone.