State Theatre

4712 El Cajon Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92115

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rivest266
rivest266 on April 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

The grand opening ad has been posted here.

neeb
neeb on July 30, 2011 at 4:01 am

More photos and info: http://www.theboulevard.org/TourHistoryBusinesses.htm#Theater

JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on September 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

The State closed for awhile in December 1979, when the Mann chain declined to renew the lease due to low attendance. Building owners Marie Ogden and Peggy Lou Foster, daughters of the theater’s builder, sold it in June 1980 to a group of Italian investors, Alcer Incorporated, for $425,000.00

The State began showing Asian flicks around the same time as the Broadway Theater on 8th and Broadway downtown, in October 1980. The same Asian owner who took over the State Theater in late 1980, Thoat Tang Minh, also screened Asian fare at the Broadway.

The Mann chain took 976 theater seats with them when they pulled out of the State. It reopened as the Trieu Thanh Theater on October 4, 1980, under Minh (age 20!) and his partner Nguyen Huu Due, with around 1,000 patrons attending opening night, according to an article in the San Diego Reader dated 10-23-80. The duo also ran Asian cinemas in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Oakland, San Jose,and Sacramento.

Today, some of the State’s ornate sidewalk inlay remains, though it’s getting quite broken up. The lovely circular stand-alone ticket booth is long gone –

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 14, 2010 at 3:17 am

Nice looking theatre.

60sduck
60sduck on March 13, 2010 at 1:59 am

Clarkus,
Are you the Clarkus who was the resident artist for the “San Diego Free Press” and “Duck Power"
in San Diego in the late 1960s? I was one of the "Ducks” who printed “Duck Power.”
I accidentally discovered you name during a Google search. I have wanted to talk with you for years, but I have lost contact with almost all of the people from the commune.
If you are the same Clarkus, please contact me at : or
-Bob Mahoney

carolgrau
carolgrau on October 10, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Ted Mann, must be related to Joe Cinnemette..

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on November 6, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Clarkus….. The “The Big Doom” is sort of common knowledge among the long time employees of Fox West Coast/National General Theatres. I was employed with them since age 15 til Mann bought out the entire chain of nationwide theatres. Within a year after he bought it he started closing or leasing out the majority of theatres. I was in the San Francisco area, where NGC had many theatres between SF and San Jose. By 1977-1978 he had closed every theatre or sold the property to developers. A chain of theatres that exceeded over 600 for many years was widdled down to less than 40 to present. He was not a showman, he was really just a real estate tycoon. After he messed up a wonderful chain of theatres he died. His wife Rhonda Flemming now holds on to the proceeds of the once wonderful company I and so many others once loved.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on November 1, 2008 at 8:19 am

Clarkus….the “big doom” explain your post please.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on November 1, 2008 at 5:10 am

Clarkus,

I’m not for sure on this, but the STATE THEATRE was probably another victim of Ted Mann. He put the big doom on hundreds of theatres in the mid 70’s. He was a great showman.

Clarkus
Clarkus on April 20, 2008 at 11:00 am

Does anyone know the date it was demolished?

ron1screen
ron1screen on April 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Another beautiful example of Art Modern by Mr. Lee that is sadly no longer with us to enjoy! Most of S. Charles Lee’s theaters that were designed during this period are now gone.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on April 8, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Really cool pictures ken mc. I liked the concession pictures…very stylist.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 1, 2005 at 11:00 pm

How could they demolish this building? It’s a crime.

Here are some photos from the San Diego Historical Society:

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