State Theatre

513 S. Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

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Former State Theatre today

The State Theatre opened in 1924 with seating given at 1,050. It was located two doors down from the Strand Theatre. The State Theatre was operated by Butterfield Theatre and played mostly second run double bills.

The front of the building is still standing but I couldn’t find anything on the auditorium. I know that the auditorium of the Strand Theatre has been demolished and they both butted against each other.

The State Theatre closed in 1953. Part of the building has been demolished, the remaining section is now in use as a bar & grill restaurant named Blackstone’s.

Contributed by Chuck

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CSWalczak on January 21, 2010 at 4:39 am

This page from Water-Winter Wonderland shows both an old postcard view of the Strand and State Theaters abd a B&W shot of buildings' facades years later: View link

steelbeard1 on June 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

Actually, it is the rear facade facing Brush Alley that is still standing. Most of the building was torn down when it was converted to retail use. It is now a thriving restaurant called Blackstone’s Pub and Grill utilizing the old sign when it was Blackstone’s clothing store.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The October 25, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald World lists the State Theatre in Flint as one of several houses designed by architect George J. Bachmann.

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