State Theatre

609 Congress Street,
Portland, ME 4101

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 8, 2015 at 11:16 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the State; it’s Card # 431. Address is 603 Congress St. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it’s over 15 years old (incorrect), was showing MGM movies, and had 2,041 seats.

DavidZornig on January 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

4 images added to Photos Section.

bicyclereporter on August 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

I was there the other day on a bike trip. It was my last nite in town and I really wanted some interiors. The staff was nice enough to let me roam the place, even though a huge band was about to take the stage, and unaccompanied, no less. I got about 15 minutes of pix everywhere, including orchestra and both balconies. Upstairs is NOT ornate in the balconies at all. Love looking at atmospheric. No crazy ceilings or chandeliers. I’ll post pix sometime soon.

spectrum on November 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The state has reopened! According to their new website they have undergone extensive renovations and they have a variety of events coming up. Movies are included among their events – Dec. 3 has a special showing of the Wizard of Oz.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

The State Theatre, photographed in the snow in January 2008;
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uptownjen on June 27, 2008 at 7:24 pm

just watched the guster concert film ‘guster on ice’, which was filmed at this theatre in 2004.

sad to see that it is closed.

tas9 on December 4, 2007 at 5:46 pm

State Theater is currently owed by Stone Coast Properties, They own the entire Congress Building and have been making improvements and upgrades to the building since they bought it. They are currently looking for the right tenant for the State Theater, and if you are interested, you should call them. The State is a great place to see a show!

stevepatrick on November 23, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Could someone please update the status of The State Theatre? Is it still closed? Is it still up for sale? If it’s for sale, any idea on the asking price? How about the name of the brokerage company, if any, and if you know the owner’s name I would appreciate that as well. Thanks for any information you can share.

darklight on March 27, 2007 at 4:18 pm

sad to say the state theatre is closed and up for sale.

DennisLeight on October 17, 2005 at 7:24 am

The State has a 2/8 Wurlitzer theatre organ, which is one of the few original installations remaining. I knew the manager back in the late 60’s to early 1970’s and used to enjoy playing there at times when the theatre was closed, usually early in the morning. The theatre was showing only pornography then and opened at 10 AM most days. The organ is still playable, although I understand that the console lift no longer works. The organ is almost never heard today and is never serviced. The last time I saw it was about 1976.

teecee on May 18, 2005 at 5:57 am

Opening night feature was Gloria Swanson’s first all talking film “The Trespasser”.

teecee on April 15, 2005 at 6:42 am

type in “state theater” in the search bar for some old photos.

ILLSON on February 13, 2004 at 8:17 am

In my thoughts this is one of they best places to go to a concert. I have seen lots of bands there like, George Clinton, Third eye Blind, System of a down, Black eyed peas(BEFORE they got big), and just verious others. It is just an all around good time.