State Theatre

2005 Dakota Avenue,
South Sioux City, NE 68776

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The State Theatre was a single screen motion picture theatre that had a ticket booth in the center of its entrance through four doors. A two line metal and glass marquee was placed above the top full length of the doors. A semicircular marquee sat atop the door entrances with the State sign spelled out perpendicular, on both the north and south sides of the sign.

The outer walls were composed of a blue slate exterior and topped with black bricks.

The lobby consissted of a dark blue color consistant with the outer color and wall to wall carpet covered the entire lobby. The restrooms were located on a lower level (two steps with the mens to the right and the womens to the left. Entrances to the auditorium sloped up on both sides of the lobby and were carpeted.

The auditorium consisted of a two level seating with the main seating area and a balcony that protruded to half way down the auditorium. The projection booth was at the rear of the auditorium and consisted of 35mm Simplex equipment.

Neon gas filled lights attached to the side of the auditorium, lighted the entire space and ran up the walls atleast 20 feet. Masonite with painted designs highlighted the interior.

The stage rose about five feet from the bottom of the concrete sloping floor and a large blue velvet curtain hung from the top of the stage arch. A 12 foot wooden stage area was placed behind the curtain.

The State Theatre was built of brick with a wooden framed structure, wood and tar roof.

In 1967, the theatre was remodeled and the name was changed to the Crest Theatre. New seating and first run Columbia Pictures were shown. It failed to produce a profit and it was changed to an adult theatre.

In the 1970’s the theatre was burned to the ground. No one has ever been charged with the arson.

Contributed by SMSgt Larry Brooks

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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

GRJensen
GRJensen on September 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

A couple of corrections … the State Theatre in South Sioux City had 595 seats (300 on the main floor and 295 in the balcony). Originally, the projection booth was not equipped with Simplex machines, but had MotioGraph projectors equipped with Brenkert carbon arc lamps.

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