State Theatre

316 Eau Claire Street,
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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State Theatre, Eau Claire, WI

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The State Theatre was built for the Finkelstein & Ruben chain and opened on January 14, 1926. It was used for vaudeville shows and movies. The theatre installed Vitapahone in 1928. The first talkie which showed here was "Lights of New York" starring Helene Costello. The State Theatre closed in 1982 when the last movie shown was “Tron”.

The State Theatre was donated to the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council in 1984 and was restored and renovated, reopening in 1986 featuring performing arts, concerts, local community events, and gallery space. Ocassional classic movies are also shown.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 6, 2008 at 9:37 am

Here is a photo of the State Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm

This is another photo of the State Theater.

DavidDynamic
DavidDynamic on February 18, 2012 at 1:20 am

The brickwork is amazing! Contrast to the pseudo stucco. Too bad the marquee is too plastic. An old style more simple marquee would be more fitting for the vintage of the building.

DavidDynamic
DavidDynamic on February 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

Oops, I meant to mention those cool lions holding the marquee brace chains

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