State Theatre

144 N. Church Street,
Hertford, NC 27944

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Interior State Theater 1

The State Theatre opened on January 8, 1937 with William Powell in “After the Thin Man”. It operated at least into the 1960’s. The former lobbby space of the theatre building is now home to a florist business. The former auditorium area is unused.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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DavidDynamic on August 21, 2011 at 12:58 am

Still a handsome building. I recall seeing a western movie there when very young. Don’t remember the movie title, etc. It seems that the seating arrangement left more impression than anything else. It must have been almost sixty years ago and I haven’t seen the theater building in nearly thirty years. The memory has it that the main seating was either slightly split level or some other odd effect such as the front area of seats being cross wise. Crazy I know—please can someone who has experienced this theater clear this up with the actual facts? The awning is a contemporary alteration, and maybe, the large display windows are, too. Don’t remember an impressive marquee. I think the name State was on a vertical fin.

leecoastal on April 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I had the great fortune of entering this theater this week when the owner suddenly opened the side door from inside the hardware store next door. It had been about 60 years since I’d seen it and I’d remembered nothing until the great “S” popped back into my memory. This was truly an extreme memory trip and it was all I could do to leave. This jewel of a town needs a thousand people to bring fortunes to embellish and re-populate it, and it’s theater,in its quiet glory. I’ve tried to post four photos and hope it works. The exterior is the same as the Google pic shown before

Texas2step on November 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm

This one opened on January 8, 1937 with William Powell and Myrna Loy in “After the Thin Man”.

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