State Theatre

453 Northampton Street,
Easton, PA 18042

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The State Theatre is a former movie palace which opened on March 8, 1927 with 1,824 seats. It now features live concerts and stage shows and occasional ‘Classic’ movies.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I’m glad that you enjoyed it Bill. This is one of my favorite Moody Blues songs, “Go Now”. The video was taken from the Hullabaloo show in London in 1965.

TheaterBuff1
TheaterBuff1 on May 8, 2008 at 12:51 am

I don’t know if it was ever true, but years ago when Pinder was dropped from the Moody Blues, I remember the rumor circulating at the time was because he was bald. And after Pinder’s departure, the Moody Blues sound was never quite as great, as innovative. The 1970s, unlike the ‘60s, was when the music industry suddenly turned very cutthroat, since by that point it became ALL about money. You can really see that transition vividly if you watch the movies WOODSTOCK and MESSAGE TO LOVE: THE 1970 ISLE OF WIGHT CONCERT back to back. At the 1970 Isle of Wight Concert, when the Moody Blues debuted “Nights in White Satin” for the first time — at least, to a mainstream audience — they and all the other acts were perfectly willing to do the show for free, while the concert promoters tried to turn the event into one big rip-off. And the audience kept being told, “The artists won’t perform unless you pay up,” making the artists look like they were the guilty greedy ones. From the artists’ viewpoint it must’ve felt pretty terrifying. For imagine if you will, you’ve created this music, it’s your creation, but you can’t perform it for free if you wish to because of the contract you’ve been signed to. It must’ve felt like they were suddenly living under slavery. Add to this that the Isle of Wight Concert itself took place on public trust land, meaning it was illegal to charge people money to see concerts there. But….it was the ‘70s meets the '60s, and the Moody Blues, along with the other artists, had little choice but to handle it as graciously as they could. And they did a beautiful job of it. As Ray Thomas told the audience that night, grateful for how much it appreciated their never heard before songs (at least mainstream-wise they had never been heard before), “Nights in White Satin” being one: “What you’ve given us tonight, you can’t put a price on that!”

As for YouTube, since I’m using dial-up and have yet to find a way to download videos from there so I can watch them off line at their right speed, nonetheless I probably have those Moody Blues rock videos you’re referring to on VHS. I know somewhere in my old stash of tapes I’ve got a psychedelic version of them doing “Nights in White Satin,” plus old b&w footage of the original 1965 Moody Blues doing “Go Now.” And where I was growing up I had never heard the Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” till 1972. I’m a bit stunned to learn only now that those songs were five years old by that point!

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

A 1996 view of the State Theatre in Easton.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 3, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Here is a September 3 article about an appearance by Glenn Beck at the State:
http://tinyurl.com/nupvrj

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 3, 2009 at 8:46 pm

How exciting that must have been.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 3, 2009 at 8:48 pm

The appearance isn’t scheduled until January 9, but the NAACP wants it canceled now.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 3, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Watch him on Fox News and you’ll know why they want him canceled.

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