State Theater

325 Bleecker Street,
Utica, NY 13501

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The Bender Theater is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 edition. It later became the Park Theater. Listed as the State Theater in 1925.

The State Theater was a silent-era theater that closed around 1926.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Lost Memory

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vincentvendetta on June 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

This theater was named Bender first, then Park and closed as the State.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

The Bender Theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1912, according to an item in an early 1913 issue of Variety. Originally operating as a stock house, the 1913-1914 edition of the Cahn guide lists it as playing vaudeville with movies.

Austin Bender, operator of the theater, was sued by the city for showing movies on Sunday. The documentation of the suit gives the address of the theater as 325 Bleecker Street. A newspaper article from the period says that the Bender Theatre was on Bleecker Street at the foot of Academy Street, and that’s just about where 325 is, so the address probably hasn’t changed since that time.

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