State Theatre

1117 State Street,
Erie, PA 16501

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Originally opened as the Nixon Theatre by 1918. It was later renamed Rialto Theatre. By 1941 it had been renamed State Theatre, and operated thru to 1950 and beyond…

Contributed by Ken Roe

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MDaurora
MDaurora on May 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

The State was originally the Rialto and was demolished years ago. In the early to middle 50’s, after being closed for some time, it was reopened but failed and was dark until it was taken down. For a time, you could see part of the auditorium sidewall on the Commerce building next to it as they shared a common wall. That building is also gone.

Charlie_Brown1
Charlie_Brown1 on August 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

This theater after it was closed was reopened as the State Tavern and operated for several years. It went out of business and was torn down after that.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

This 1918 list of Erie’s theaters has a Nixon Theatre listed at 1115 State Street. This was surely one of Samuel F. Nixon’s theaters, and thus probably fairly good sized, like the State. As the Nixon probably covered at least two lots, 1115 and 1117, I suspect that it was the same house that later became the Rialto and then the State.

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