State Theatre

212 S. Michigan Street,
South Bend, IN 46601

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State Theater 11-08

The Blackstone Theatre opened on January 29, 1921 with Dorothy Phillips in “Once to Every Woman”. It was equipped with a Kimball organ. On December 25, 1929 it was renamed State Theatre, but was listed as (Closed) in 1932. Still (Closed) in 1933 it was listed as being part of the Paramount Pictures Inc. circuit managed by their subsidiary John Balaban. They had reopened it by 1934. It was still open in 1956, but it had closed by 1957. This attractive, ornate and good-sized theatre 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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coolate
coolate on October 8, 2012 at 12:46 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 12:23 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 11:04 am

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 6:30 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

studioone
studioone on December 12, 2015 at 9:47 pm

From 2012 a little self guided tour of the building.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.645833773755.2073590.197403080&type=1&l=461f9b0300

sam siklas
sam siklas on October 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

This reopened as State on December 25th, 1929. Grand opening ad posted.

Patsy
Patsy on June 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm

This theatre built in the 20s needs to be saved and restored.

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