State Theater

118 N. Main Street,
Fostoria, OH 44830

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The Colonial Theater was opened in early-1916 with 300 seats. It was designed by architect Myron B. Vorce. It was renamed State Theatre in 1919 when it was enlarged to the plans of architect Fred W. Elliot. In June 1937 it was taken over by the Schine Circuit. It was was part of Jack Armstrong’s circuit in the early-1960’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2012 at 4:42 am

Volume 2 of a book in Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series, Fostoria, Ohio, by Paul H. Krupp, says that the State Theatre was once known as the Colonial Theatre.

The August 9, 1919, issue of The American Contractor said that additions and alterations were being made to the Colonial Theatre at Fostoria, with plans by Columbus architect Fred W. Elliot.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on March 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Myron B. Vorce was the original architect prior to the remodeling.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm

If the Colonial was designed by Myron Vorce then it must have been this project noted in the May 8, 1915, issue of The American Contractor:

“Fostoria, O.~Motion Picture Theater: 1 sty. 25x120. Archt. Myron B. Vorce, 732 Garfield bldg., Cleveland. Owner M. S. Hawkins, Fostoria, taking bids.”
This web page includes an article about Fostoria’s early movie theaters by Gene Kinn. It says that “[i]n 1916, when they lost their lease on the Majestic, Mr. Buck and his associates moved across the street, to what is now the present location of the State Theater, and built a 300 seat movie house, called the ‘Colonial’. Three years later, just after World War I, they enlarged the theater into it’s present 700-seat capacity, and some time later changed the name to the State.” Melvin Hawkins was one of the “associates” Kinn mentions.

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