State Theatre

E. Main Street and S. 7th Street,
Richmond, IN 47374

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State Theatre

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Located on the south side of E. Main Street between S. 6th Street and S. 7th Street. The State Theatre opened May 18, 1941 with Eddie Albert in “Thieves Fall Out” on the screen and Herbie Kay and His Orchestra on stage.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Richmond’s new State Theatre was featured in an article in the September 13, 1941, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The 1000 seat house (700 seats on the main floor and 300 in the balcony) was designed in the Art Moderne style by Chicago architect Erwin G. Fredrick.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2009 at 3:20 am

With regard to the message board quotes posted by Lost Memory above, the Indiana Theatre, built in 1909 as the Murray Theatre, survives as a live theater venue, serving as the main stage of the Richmond Civic Theatre (unfortunately that web site has nothing about the theater itself, but this one does.) The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Murray Theatre. Its architect, Fred W. Elliott, also designed the Ceramic Theatre (demolished, alas) at East Liverpool, Ohio. He also designed a theater at Elyria, Ohio, the details of which I’ve not been able to track down yet.

Several of Richmond’s historic theaters are pictured in this weblog post by Richmond real estate broker Dan Tate. There is one photo showing the State. As I noted above, it was designed by Erwin G. Fredrick.

rivest266 on February 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

State theatre opening

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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