State Palace Theatre
1108 Canal Street,
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Built in 1926 for the Loew’s circuit, the State Theatre was designed by the prodigious theater architect, Thomas W. Lamb. Around the same time that Loew’s opened the State Theatre, the Saenger circuit opened their theater directly across Canal Street.
Originally seating 3,335, and designed in a mix of Renaissance motifs, the State Theatre also contained a 3/13 Robert Morton organ similar to that installed at the same time in the Saenger. Unfortunately, unlike the Saenger’s the State’s did not survive, being heavily damaged during a flood and left to fall into disrepair in the ensuing decades.
In 1976, the State Theatre was tripled. After closing as a movie house in the late-1980’s, the partition was removed, and the State Theatre was restored and renamed, as the State Palace Theatre, screening classic movies and offering concerts.
Today, the State Palace Theatre is primarily used a a concert venue, featuring mostly techno and electronica bands, with the occaisional rave. Big-name rock and punk bands often make appearances, and the State Palace Theatre also hosts local talent nights as well.
Though it is somewhat rough along the edges, the State Palace Theatre still has a definite faded elegance that adds to its atmosphere, as well as excellent accoustics, making it one of New Orleans' enduring entertainment destinations.
Sadly, the State Palace Theatre has been closed since February 2007.
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