State Theatre

406 S. Burdick Street,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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State Theatre exterior

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This Atmospheric style movie palace is now the home of performing arts and live concerts. The State Theatre was opened by the Butterfield Theatres chain on July 14, 1927.

It was renovated in 1964, and some of the interior decorations were removed. Butterfield Theatres closed the State Theatre in 1982. Taken over by the Hinman Company in 1985, the interior was restored to its original condition.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2008 at 11:53 am

Thanks, Now I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Here is the State Theater marquee lit up and flashing.

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Lost Memory on February 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm

This is another 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm

A 2009 photo can be seen here.

JAlex on May 7, 2009 at 11:49 am

An earlier entry reminds me of the Blizzard of 1967 when I resided there…it was a 28-inch snowfall…and paralyzed the town for days. There was a photo taken by the Gazette of a worker shovelling the snow in front of the State Theatre which the AP picked up for national distribution. The film on the marquee: “The Endless Summer.”

JAlex on September 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

To say that the theatre was “restored to its original condition” is far from reality.

Tinseltoes on August 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

Auditorium featured in this 1928 trade ad for American Seating: Boxoffice

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