State Theater

111 W. J. Arden Mays Boulevard,
Plant City, FL 33563

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State Theater

The State Theater opened in 1939. It closed as a movie theater in the 1950’s and was last used as an antique and collectibles store.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

The State Th. in Plant City is the subject of a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, measuring 18" x 24" when finished. It’s a beautiful painting by Robert West showing the State’s facade on the left, at twilight, with vintage cars parked in front, and an Atlantic Coast Line passenger train coming at you on the right. Date: 1950s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 15, 2009 at 2:36 am

The June 7, 1952, issue of Boxoffice devoted its Modern Theatre section to articles about remodeling. One article was about the State, which had been expanded and remodeled at a cost of $20,000. The architects for the remodeling were Kemp, Bunch & Jackson.

Patsy on December 25, 2009 at 9:13 pm

This theatre is featured in the current issue of Hemmings Motor News ( with a photo and the following information: Beautiful 1939 Art Deco Theatre (non-functional), would make a great car museum, residence or antique shop, over 1,000 ft. of neon on facade, 5,000 s/f ground floor, 2,000 s/f balcony, 1,500 s/f lobby is air conditioned, elegantly finished with fine woodwork and ceiling fans, lobby also includes nostalgic gas station facade and 50s soda fountain facade, 20 miles east of Tampa, FL, $285,000. Cecil, 813-621-2220 or 813-312-1701, FL

If anyone calls these numbers and speaks with Cecil, please tell this person you saw the ad on Cinema Treasures. Personally I would hope that a cinema buff would purchase this art deco treasure and return it to a cinema! And if anyone who lives in or near Plant City is familiar with the State please post your thoughts. Thanks.

Patsy on December 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

In the above 1988 photo posted in April ‘09 it shows a completely different facade with NO marquee yet in more recent photos there is a very nice marquee WITH CLOCK so my question is…..did it become a theatre again after it was a jewelry store and before it became an antique/collectibles store? Someone from the area will have the answer, I hope. Let’s hope that it becomes a theatre once again for the fine folks of Plant City!

Patsy on December 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

The Hemmings ad is in the back of the magazine/real estate section.

Patsy on April 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Plant City seems to have the former State AND the Capitol. The art deco State should still be a theatre and not an antique store as the exterior still seems to look like a theatre!

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Here is a picture from July 2010.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Photos of the concession stand and the ladies' lounge illustrate this brief article about the remodeling of the State Theatre in Boxoffice of June 7, 1952.

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