State Theatre

212 E. 4th Street,
Waterloo, IA 50703

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State Theatre

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The State Theatre was opened in 1944. It was closed in 1954.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

This list of Waterloo’s theaters as they appeared in city directories has the State Theatre listed beginning in 1935. There is no directory available for 1934, so the State might have opened as early as 1933, after that year’s directory had been sent to the printer. The State Theatre is last listed in the 1954 directory.

I’ve been unable to discover if the State was newly built in the 1930s, or was an earlier house called the Crystal, listed at the same address from 1910 through 1928. It might have been remodeled and reopened. No directory is available for 1929, either, so the Crystal might have closed as late as that year. No theater is listed at 212 E. Fourth in directories from 1930, 1931, or 1933.

Chris1982 on December 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm

The Crystal Theatre was listed as closed in 1933 with only 250 seats. The State Theatre was listed as open in 1934 with 800 seats. From the seating figures I would say the State was a new build.

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