State Theatre

116 E. Walnut Street N,
Mankato, MN 56001

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The State Theatre opened in 1925 with seating listed at 690. It was operated by Publix thru 1935, then Minnesota Amusement Co. thru 1964. Plitt Theatres operated the State Theatre until it closed in 1980.

The State Theatre has since been demolished. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Movie Age of December 7, 1929, said that Publix had acquired the American Amusement Company’s theaters in Mankato, and now controlled all four of the town’s houses; the Grand, the State, the Lyric, and the Orpheum.

Plitt Theatres apparently did not control the State until its end, though. A 1978 Boxoffice item about the opening of the Mall 4 Cinemas by Carisch Theatres said that Carisch had closed the downtown State and Town theaters May 3, after opening the new quad. Carisch had acquired the Town in 1973, but I’ve been unable to discover when they acquired the State.

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