State Theater

51 E. Congress Street,
Tucson, AZ 85701

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2010 at 2:31 am

The Tucson Opera House was designed by architect Sidney Lovell, according to this book published in 1897, the year the Opera House was built.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Nice postcard I see the State and Fox down the street.Thanks ken mc.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm

This postcard of uncertain vintage shows the State on Congress Street:
http://tinyurl.com/cytvhc

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

Here is part of an article dated 9/22/53 from the Tucson Daily Citizen:

The State Theater, known long before the days of motion pictures as the Tucson Opera House, will play its last show tonight. A new commercial building will soon take its place on Congress Street. There will be no fanfare, no closing ceremony for the aged theater where any performance was once a major social event and seats were reserved on a permanent basis. The leading Shakespearean actors played at the old Opera House. There were traveling minstrel shows, too, and operas. Occasionally, a local group put on a play.

In 1929, the theater was taken over by the Paramount chain. The old landmark closes on a modern note for one of the features tonight is “When Worlds Collide”.