State Theatre

156 Bank Street,
Burlington, VT 05401

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The State Theater burning on May 1, 1977

The Orpheum Theatre opened April 9, 1917. It was renamed State Theatre on November 22, 1930. Seating was listed at 680.

It was destroyed by a fire on May 1, 1977. The remains have since been demolished. It looks like government buildings take up the area where the theatre was located.

Contributed by Chuck

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the State, it’s Card # 575. Address is Bank Street. There is an exterior photo dated January 1941. Condition is Good. It was built in 1930 and is showing MGM product. There were 575 seats. The Majestic Theatre was listed as a competing theater, but no report card was prepared for it

rivest266 on August 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm

This opened on April 9th, 1917 as Orpheum and renamed State on November 22nd, 1930 (4 days before the Flynn). It was owned by Affiliated Theatres. I have posted both grand opening ads in the photo section for this cinema.

dallasmovietheaters on January 2, 2018 at 6:14 pm

Fire on May 1, 1977 ended the theatre’s run. The State Theatre’s last film was “Bound for Glory.”

jbakerVT on February 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm

The building which contained the State Theater was a three-story brick building. The State Theater was 158 Bank Street and the adjoining business at 160 Bank Street was the Black Cat Café, which seems to have been the origin of the fire. The new building on the lot of 160 Bank Street is a one-story building and was built as a McDonald’s. Today it is a farm-to-table restaurant called The Farmhouse Tap & Grill. The Google Maps street view shows part of a bank building which was on the new lot West to where the State Theater stood. I posted a scan of the newspaper clipping of the theater burning, which confirms dallasmovietheaters assertion that “Bound for Glory” was one of the final films shown there. The right hand marquee was blown out by the explosion from the Black Cat Café (presumably) so it’s unclear at this time if that was the only film being shown at that time. I will post more if I can find anything else.

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