E.M. Loew's State Theatre
461 Dwight Street,
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E.M. Loew’s State Theatre began operation in the late 19th century as The Holyoke Opera House. Special trains ran from Springfield and Northampton (MA) to transport opera goers to the performances. The Opera House later became a vaudeville theater under the name "The Holyoke Theatre."
Movies began to be featured along with the live entertainment and by the 1930’s, The Holyoke Theatre was a second-run movie venue. Sometime in the late-1940’s the theater was acquired by the E.M. Loew’s Theatres circuit and renamed "The State".
It continued as a second-run theater until sometime in the mid-1950’s when it closed. The Holyoke Opera House was completely destroyed by a spectacular general alarm fire in the fall of 1967.
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