State Theater

Main Street,
Richmond, IN 47374

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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.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2005 at 1:40 pm

The following are from a message board about Richmond, Indiana movie theaters. The messages are intact, only the names have been removed:

“As a boy in the 1940’s I attended the State, Ritz, Tivoli, and Indiana movie houses. I suppose all these theaters have been torn down by now. Got any memories or informations on these old theaters? I would appreciate any information on this subject. Thanks”.

“3 of the theaters are gone now and only 1 was left, last I knew in 1991. The only one left is the one that is down a north/south street from the old Palladium-item offices. If I remember correctly it was the State Theater. Back about 20 or 25 years ago they remodeled the front and gave up their main stree entrance and turned their fire doors in the foyer into their new front entry way. One of the other theaters was torn down because it was no longer safe and the other 2 were too severly damaged from the downtown explosion back in the 60’s to be fixed. If I remember correctly”.

“Sorry – there are no longer any movie theaters in Uptown Richmond. The Tivoli was remodeled many years ago and remained as a "dollar” theatre for a while. It also was closed a couple of years ago and a retail establishment now takes its place. All the movie theatres complexes are now on the east side of Richmond. Progress marches on ;–)“.

The explosion mentioned above occurred on April 6, 1968. “A disastrous explosion and fire occurred in the downtown area of Richmond. Several blocks of downtown were destroyed or damaged. Forty-one persons were killed and more than one-hundred fifty injured. The explosion propelled the development of the downtown, with a four-block mall as a center of attraction. The Downtown Promenade was dedicated in 1972 and national landscapers singled it out for an award. A fifth block was added in 1978”. The State Theater is gone.