State Theatre

514 Main Avenue,
Brookings, SD 57006

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State - Brookings, SD

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The Atmospheric/Spanish Colonial style State Theatre was opened in 1929 with seating for 800. It was remodeled externally & internally in 1960, which removed all traces of its original design and the seating capacity was reduced to 586. Like the College Theatre in Brookings, this building is now used as a fitness center. The gymnasium website has some photos of the interior. It doesn’t appear that this theater had any distinctive architectural value before or after the conversion to the health club.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Good old STATE THEATRE in the late 60’s it was a place kids came for fun and movies.Charles McLaughlin had sold out shows with “UNCLE CHARLIE’S FUN SHOW” matinee. McLauglin was Manager of the STATE.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

The State reopened in 1960 after another remodeling. A photo of its updated auditorium appeared on the cover of Boxoffice of May 9 that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 30, 2018 at 12:56 am

I can’t find the May 9 Boxoffice with the State on the cover, and that link in my previous comment is dead, but this link (while it lasts) will bring up the first page of a three-page article about the house from the July 4, 1960, issue.

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