Cine 1 & 2

1118 Elm Street,
Manchester, NH 03101

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Site of State Theatre in June 2013

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This Art Deco gem in downtown Manchester opened in 1929 as the State Theatre. Later renamed Queen Theatre, and finally Cine 1 & 2 it has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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JohnElwood on November 22, 2002 at 10:38 pm

Someone had the forethought to save a chunk of this theater… a massive head which is now on the campus of St. Anselm college, in nearby Goffstown NH. A rough replica of the marquee is in the Manchester Historic Society’s new millyard Museum. Manchester misses this one.

William on December 6, 2003 at 12:29 pm

The State Theatre was located at 1118 Elm Street and it seated 2130 people.

tallboyyyy on January 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Here is a video discussing the history of the State theater from it’s 1929 opening to it’s 1978 demolition.

atmos on September 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

Architect was John Eberson.

Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

3,300 people saw it on a midweek opening day in 1938: Boxoffice

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the State in Manchester is listed as part of the Shea Circuit, run by Shea-Chain Inc & Affiliates of 1540 Broadway in New York City. Other Manchester NH theaters run by Shea at that time were the Palace, Strand, Crown and the Vitaphone. Shea also ran 2 theaters in Nashua.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

There’s a 1939 photo of Elm Street showing part of the State Theatre at the bottom of page 32 of Manchester Streetcars, by O. R. Cummings (Google Books preview.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

The Library of Congress has this closeup photo of the State Theatre’s marquee and tower, dated 1937.

A catalog of copyrights issued in 1935 has an entry for a copyright issued to architect Victor A. Rigaumont for “…additions to State Theatre at Manchester, N. H., for M. A. Shea and associates.” It is dated April 12, 1935. There’s no indication as to the nature or extent of the additions.

formermovieguy on June 29, 2013 at 1:21 am

This theater was named the Queen Cinema in the 1960s. It was later doubled and finished life known as Cine I and II.

TaxiManSteve on February 20, 2014 at 12:08 am

Our dumb… And bleak age.

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