State Theatre

124 South Main Street,
Holstein, IA 51445

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State Theatre

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The State Theatre dates back to at least 1935 when it had 300 seats. It was rebuilt in a Quonset Hut style in 1948, opening on September 2, 1948. The architects were Peacock & Belongia of Milwaukee, WI. Seating in the new theatre was provided for 450, all on a single floor. The State Theatre was owned and operated by Mr & Mrs E.W. Kugel.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm

The August 28, 1948, issue of Boxoffice said that E.W. Kugel, owner of the State, was replacing the theater with a new quonset hut building that would seat 450 patrons. It was expected to open in September.

Later, when Kugel opened the Maple Theatre in Mapleton, Iowa, Boxoffice ran an item about him in their issue of January 21, 1951. It said that Kugel had bought the original State in 1934, and had opened the new State in 1948.

The State is not specifically named in an ad which appeared in Boxoffice’s clearing house section on September 29, 1969, but the location of the theater for sale was Hosltein, Iowa. The 375-seat house, offered for $35,000, was described as a long-established business, on the market for the first time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Google Maps satellite view is no help. It doesn’t get close enough to pick out individual buildings. Can’t find any pictures with Google image search, either.

But wait! Flickr to the rescue! It’s a quonset hut! (Thanks, Leah.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

Boxoffice didn’t give any addresses, and wasn’t clear on whether or not the orignial State was demolished to make way for the new one. The original State’s building might or might not still exist.

rivest266 on December 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

No showtimes or any official website or facebook page. Is this closed or the owners does zero marketing for this cinema.

JoeWebb on June 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Ed Kugel,my grandfather and my grandather’s wife were co-owners of the theatre. My grandfather was Vern Bruning. His wife was Jo Bruning. All lived in Holstein. I saw The Creature From the Black Lagoon as a first run there. My grandfather ran the projectors and I got to watch it from the booth. His, wife, Jo, sold tickets and ran the concession stand. Holstein was such a great place… Lots of nice folks! I remember Ed Kugel because he walked with a bad limp due to a childhood broken leg.

mcassady on July 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

The Kugels also owned the Orpheum/Maple theatres in Mapleton, Iowa. Mr. Kugel sold the new Maple to Doc Naulteus in 1952. See the Mapleton entries on Cinema Treasures.

KathyVollmar on May 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Holstein Development Authority is in the process of refurbishing Holstein’s State Theatre.

Granola on December 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm




Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Granola’s link is the official web site of the State Theatre. This page of the web site says the house was rebuilt as a quonset hut in 1948, which I would take to mean that the new State Theatre that was opened that year was on the same site as the old house that opened in 1927 as the Scenic.

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