State Theatre

503 State Street,
Bristol, TN 37620

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Norman Plant
Norman Plant on September 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

There is a building at 1615 W State on the Virginia side of the street that looks very much like a theater. Could this be the State Theater?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 9, 2011 at 6:16 am

According to the caption of a photo on page 79 of the book “Bristol,” by George Stone (Google Books preview,) The State Theatre opened around 1940 in a building at 503 State Street, which would put it on the Virginia side of the street. The building had been occupied by a nickelodeon called the Eagle Picture Parlor during the silent era, and had later housed a billiard parlor. It doesn’t say when the State Theatre closed, but the building is still standing, now occupied by a Karate studio. It doesn’t look big enough to have held 750 seats, though.

The caption also says that there was a theater called the Isis next door to the Eagle (probably at 505 State Street.) The Isis operated at least into the 1920s. That building is also still standing.

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