State Theatre

212 S. Michigan Street,
South Bend, IN 46601

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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.

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sam siklas
sam siklas on November 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm

The State could make a great home for a theater organ. I believe the stage are would be large enough to accommodate such a unit. I am not sure if there are organ vaults in place, but if so, that much the better. I am thinking along the lines of the Senate theater in Detroit, home to the Fisher theater’s one of a kind Wurlitzer. After being in use in recent years, the State is at least in fair shape.

sam siklas
sam siklas on January 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

The State theater has another new owner.A group called Banko Investement intends to announce further plans for the building in about 11 weeks. This will follow the completion of a study of the theater just started today by students from the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago. There is more on this as reported today on WNDU ch.16. ( see WNDU.com) for complete story. This theater is also a near twin to the Capitol theater (1921-1970), in Cincinnati. Will post further updates on this as I become aware of them.

sam siklas
sam siklas on January 14, 2012 at 12:15 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
jimvid on January 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/sbt-state-theatre-in-south-bend-sold-to-local-company-20120113,0,2231042.story?track=rss

sam siklas
sam siklas on March 30, 2012 at 12:48 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 WNDU.com Perhaps they might include a theater organ?? (hint!) :–) == Sam ==

sam siklas
sam siklas on April 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

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

coolate
coolate on October 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

New owner, and plans are explained on here, I am trying to help them out, so fingers crossed. http://www.thestatesb.com/

sam siklas
sam siklas on April 14, 2013 at 3:23 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 2:04 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 WNDU.com

jimvid
jimvid on November 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

nice profile on the latest efforts at the State Theater. http://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/spotlight/article_87168eee-581b-11e3-8ca6-0019bb30f31a.html

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