State Theatre

506 W. University Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601

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HDEngineer
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
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
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
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.