State Theater

Main Street,
Richmond, IN 47374

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2009 at 11:20 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 12, 2009 at 4:20 am

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.