State Theater

200 E. California Street,
Gainesville, TX 76240

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State Theater

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The Majestic Theater(as originally named) may have been built on the site before 1919, but that’s the earliest provable date. It was Gainesville’s major playhouse until a fire destroyed the building in 1932.

The "Greater Majestic" was reconstructed later the same year, and it showed both movies and live proformances. Again it was gutted by fire, leaving only the exterior walls.

In 1938, as if a name change might bring better luck, they tried again with the "State" to show motion pictures. Its Art Deco style remains today. The facility is available to rent for all kinds of private and public functions. Full movie projection capability is planned in the near future as well as opportunities for organizations to present concerts, plays, festivals, ballet, and orchestra profomances. Current projects can be seen at the theater’s website.

Contributed by David Jones

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

DonLewis on May 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Hello PGW. I would like to see your post card. Can you scan it and post it to Cinema Treasures?



PGW on May 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Sure, Don
Here it is:

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DonLewis on May 17, 2008 at 7:57 am

Priceless!! Thanks for sharing.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2008 at 9:14 am

That’s an updated link. This theater has been for sale since 2006. And the price is still the same.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Here is a nice October 2008 photo.

DonLewis on July 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm

A 1938 view of the State Theater when it was brand new and recent view .

DonLewis on October 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm

From 2009, a night time view of the State Theater at closing time with all the neon glowing.

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