State Theatre

506 W. University Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601

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HDEngineer on February 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm

I worked there as a relief projectionist from 1965-1968. “Shorty” was the chief projectionist. Allen??, the owners son was the other projectionist. It showed foreign and “art House” films. Many films would be assigned viewing for U of F students. The booth was a standard RCA/Simplex configuration with Peerless arc lamps.

russell on November 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Oh, and the address was what is now 506 West University Avenue. To the best of my memory, the office supply store a block away was once a dry cleaning plant.

russell on November 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

According to a 7/4/69 Gainesville Sun newspaper article, the State Theater, now an art and foreign film house, would close July 15, 1969 after showing “War and Peace.”

irvl on February 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I saw PORGY AND BESS there in 1960. I remember that the screen had a huge tear in it on the lower left side.