State Theatre

453 N. Liberty Street,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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State Theatre

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The Auditorium Theatre dates back to at least 1918. Listed in the 1930 Film Daily Yearbook with 1,500 seats. In 1935, it was renamed State Theatre, and was operated by Wilby-Kincey Theatres.

The State Theatre closed in the mid-1960’s.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

This is a 1918 photo of the Auditorium Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1690 style “E” was installed in the Auditorium Theater in 1927.

Arby
Arby on April 6, 2011 at 2:49 am

The Auditorium Theater was later known as State Theater. After the State closed it was a furniture store called State Furniture. For some reason I was in there once, and I remember the furniture being displayed on the downward slope of the former orchestra-level floor. I wish I could have seen a movie there but the theater must have closed when I was a child.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

The book “Winston-Salem in Vintage Postcards,” by Molly Grogan Rawls, says that the Auditorium Theatre was built on the site of the Elks Auditorium after the old theater burned down on April 27, 1916.

Arby
Arby on May 27, 2011 at 4:59 am

The lettering “AUDITORIUM” on the facade was in the ancient Roman style, where the U would look like a V. That made an impression on me as a child: it confused me, so I would always look up when I passed the building.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2011 at 3:21 am

I guess it to was torn down for a parking Lot.

Arby
Arby on June 28, 2011 at 2:37 am

I recently looked at this location and investigated old pictures. This parking deck seems to have been built on sites which contained the State (to the north) and Colonial Theaters(and all the stores in between).

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