State Theatre

212 S. Michigan Street,
South Bend, IN 46601

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State Theater 11-08

The State Theatre opened on January 29, 1921. This attractive, ornate and good-sized theater was converted to a nightclub by levelling the orchestra level after its movie house days came to an end.

Closed again in 2005, the State Theatre was sold in July 2006 to a group which plans to renovate and reopen the theater as a cultural center. Renovation began in October 2010, and it reopened in 2012, but sadly closed in 2016.

Contributed by Juan-Miguel Gallegos

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sam siklas
sam siklas on January 14, 2012 at 5:15 am

Oops . I just remembered this! :–)I had visited my mom in a nursing home recently, then went to lunch. I ran into two of her cousins, who also had just been there just before me. One of them recalled being a girl of 15, during WWII, and taking the bus from her small town to South Bend, where they went to the State. While they were in the theatre, they heard a bunch of noise outside the theater. They eventually went outside to see what the noise was. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all up and down Michigan st, cheering and holding up signs— WWII had ended!! They thought they might miss the bus home, but her aunt found her in the crowd, and they stayed there for the celebration in front of the State! She ended up getting a hugs ( and some kisses too!) from quite a few servicemen in uniform! She said that is one memory she will never forget of the State theater!

jimvid on January 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm,0,2231042.story?track=rss

sam siklas
sam siklas on March 30, 2012 at 5:48 am

WNDU ch 16 in South Bend reported today that the State theater owners are going to have a contest to decide what they will do with the landmark theater. You can view the report on Perhaps they might include a theater organ?? (hint!) :–) == Sam ==

sam siklas
sam siklas on April 13, 2012 at 5:13 am

You can pitch any idea you might have for this theater by this Also , on this website it lists the State (Blackstone) architect as Henry Newhouse from Chicago.

coolate on October 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm

New owner, and plans are explained on here, I am trying to help them out, so fingers crossed.

sam siklas
sam siklas on April 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

The State Theater has been cleaned up and the owners are planning to host events as soon as possible. A group called Ignite Michiana held the first event there March 28th. An article in the Preface, I.U. South Bend’s student newspaper, on April 3rd; it gives more details about the State Theater and Ignite Michiana.

sam siklas
sam siklas on June 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Last night 6/8 the State had it’s first film showing in a number of years. The Rocky Horror Picture show was screened at 9p.m. followed by a second showing at midnight; the midnight show was sold out! There is a story on this at

jimvid on November 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

nice profile on the latest efforts at the State Theater.

studioone on December 13, 2015 at 5:47 am

From 2012 a little self guided tour of the building.

sam siklas
sam siklas on October 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Unfortunately, the State Theater recently closed again, according to an article in The Preface (I.U.S.B. student newspaper). It may need a group of people with combined resources (or a willing financial donor interested in preserving this facility) to break it out of it’s closed-open-closed cycle it seems trapped in.

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