State Theatre

143 Fourth Street,
Troy, NY 12180

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The State Theatre was one of downtown Troy’s many theatres. It was built by the same architect as the American (Cinema Art). It closed in the early-1960’s and was quicky demolished for a parking lot, which it remains to this day. The theatre’s seats were all on one floor, and it opened as the Rose Theatre (by the Rosenthal family). It later became the State Theatre.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on September 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Not sure, but I think this was on Fourth STREET, not AVE. Film Daily lists it as the latter, which I think is a typo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

The Rose/State Theatre was definitely on Fourth Street, not Fourth Avenue. Here is an item about it from the April 29, 1922, issue of The American Contractor:

“TROY, N. Y.

“Theatre (Rose, movie): $30,000. 2 sty. 60x120. 4th St., bet. Ferry & Congress sts. Archt. A. K. Mosely. Franklin sq. Owner J. C. Rosenthal. 20 Locust av. Cone. ext. walls. Gen. contr. let to C. P. Boland. 30 4th st.”

Abraham K. Mosley was a native of England who came to the United States in 1904. He was commissioned to work on the Emma Willard School in 1910 and settled in Troy where he practiced for many years, though he designed buildings as far away as Kansas City, Kansas (St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church on 18th Street.) He died in 1951.

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