State Theatre

415 Shirley Street,
Winthrop, MA 02152

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State Theatre

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Originally opened as the Dream Theatre in 1926, it was located across the street from the Beach Fire Station. Renamed State Theatre from at least 1941, it was one of two movie theatres in Winthrop, a seaside community just to the northeast of Boston. Both theatres were operated by Ralph Snider in the early 1940’s.

In 2009, the red brick building still stands, in use as Gilberg’s Roofing Company.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm

The State Theatre in Winthrop was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. The theatre had an attractive brick Colonial-style (?) facade, with 2 3-deckers to the right. The Report states that the State has been presenting MGM product for over 10 years; was built about 1920, was in Good condition, and has 793 seats, all on one floor. In the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook, the house was listed as the Dream Theatre with 800 seats and open 6 days per week. This info replaces postings to this page which have been deleted. (Very annoying)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 20, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I don’t know how many comments were on this page Ron, but I found two of them “floating around” on the web. I’ll copy and paste those two comments here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 20, 2008 at 8:10 pm

A March 16, 1982 article in the Boston Globe refers to a Kincade Theatre in Winthrop. Is it the same as this one? I have posted the relevant text as a comment at the Winthrop Theatre page.
posted by Ron Newman on Jan 24, 2007 at 10:45am

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 20, 2008 at 8:11 pm

There is a MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the State Theatre in Winthrop. There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. The theatre had a 2 ½ story Colonial-style facade in brick – very attractive. There was a small 3-sided marquee with the theatre name and attractions. To the right of the building are a pair of typical “3-decker” houses. The Report states that the State has been playing MGM films for over 10 years; that it was built in 1920, is in Good condition, and has 793 seats. The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists a “Dream Theatre” in Winthrop with 800 seats. In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the State is listed as part of the Ralph Snider circuit. This theatre, like Winthrop Theatre, is old enough to have been renamed “Kincade Theatre” by 1982.
posted by Ron Salters on Jan 25, 2007 at 7:53am

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Lost- thanks for finding the postings- you are a true web navigator!It’s annoying to go to a theater’s page here in CT and find that all of the postings are gone. It’s happened to me about 10 times now.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

A person who grew up in Winthrop has posted on the page for the Winthrop Theatre that the Winthrop was the house which was purchased by the Kincades and renamed “Kincade Theatre” circa 1980.

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