State Theatre

Meyersdale, PA 15552

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The State Theatre was operating prior to 1941. Boxoffice magazine reported in March 1950 that owner Larry Lowstuter had completed modernizing and extensive redecorating of the theater.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2009 at 7:07 am

Boxoffice published an obituary for Phil Reich on February 20, 1961. One line says “His career goes back to vaudeville days and silent movies at his State Theater here.” The item also said that he had leased the State to Larry Lowstuter for 11 years, but had resumed operation of it.

Various items from Boxoffice over the years reveal some of the history of this theater. It was called Reich Auditorium early in its history, though the 1938 Boxoffice items that announced its renovation and reopening all spelled the name as Reicht. One of these items said that the auditorium had not been used as a theater for several years. It reopened as the Meyersdale Theatre in 1938, but had been renamed the State by 1939.

I can’t find anything about Phil Reich actually operating the house when it was called the State, prior to the last two years of his life. It was operated by several different lessees. In 1964 Larry Lowstuter, who had leased the house from 1942 until 1953, bought the State from Phil Reich’s widow. I don’t find it mentioned after that.

This reminiscence of life in Meyersdale in the 1920s contains the lines “My school days at Meyersdale High were typical. Basketball was played in Reich’s Auditorium because we had no gym.”

Meyersdale had another theater, called the Main, which was renamed the Roxy in 1931. It was in operation as late as 1958, but apparently closed by 1961 when a classified ad in Boxoffice offered the State for sale (for $27,000) and said that it had no competition in the town.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I can imagine that you would not want to own a theater called the Reich during WW 2.

FBWimerjr
FBWimerjr on August 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I rode my bike by this theater in Aug 2012 as a side trip from the Great Allegheny Passage. It is now an apartment building, but still retains its “State” marquee.

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