State Cinema

990 Hope Street,
Stamford, CT 06907

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The Springdale Theatre opened in 1927 and has operated continuously as a moviehouse ever since. It is currently a first run and retains its large main screen, with a second screen now operating on its former stage area.

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Roger James Smith
Roger James Smith on August 30, 2001 at 6:34 pm

The State is currently a 2nd run house.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 17, 2004 at 5:25 am

The State Cinema is adding 3 more screens. The current auditorium will not be sliced up. The new screens will be added in other parts of the building. While the main auditorium will continue to show second run features at a discount price, the plan for the new theatres is first run art films.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 11, 2004 at 5:45 am

This should be listed as the State Cinema, not the State Theater.

The theatre’s second screen just opened last week in it’s former stagehouse. The new auditorium seats 97 people and has stadium seating. A hallway had to be cut through the main auditorium to allow access. Seats were removed for this hallway and because the city will not allow the State Cinema to add any more seats. Total seating capacity is 500.

The other two screens that were to have been built in the basement have been delayed due to difficulties, and may never actually be constructed. So, this theatre should be listed as a twin rather than a fourplex.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 11, 2004 at 5:46 am

Also, that date up top that says it opened in 1927 is the date it started showing movies, but it was around as a legitimate theatre before that.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 6, 2005 at 3:51 am

The plan to show art films has been abandoned along with plans for two more screens. The State Cinema is – and will remain – a twin showing sub-run.

ACooke108
ACooke108 on July 17, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I believe this theater was closed from sometime in the 50’s until sometime in the very early 60’s. From memory only. Can anybody verify this?

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on November 21, 2007 at 9:12 am

First listed in the Stamford City Directory in 1928 as the Springdale Theatre on 986 Hope Street. Becomes the State in 1932 showing moving pictures and vaudeville. Not listed in 1958. At 990 Hope in 1964.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 7, 2008 at 11:29 am

I finally went by this theatre on the way to a documentary showing at the Avon. I like how the 2nd theatre is behind the main in the stagehouse, with a stadium slant. Reminds me of the Latchis.

Anyway, to the left and down the ramp, it’s rope off and the lower walls up to about 10 feet are taken apart and are vacant with blue tarps. I inquired inside and it looks like no additional screens will ever be built. There are already apartments above the lobby and these lower vacancies will be new basement apartments. Strange, but probably more lucrative.

movieguy
movieguy on February 18, 2014 at 5:08 am

The State Theatre is a real gem. They are now showing first run films. I saw Monuments Men in the original 500 seat theater. Seats are very comfortable. They were replaced in 19898. The slope of the floor is very good. So you get a good view from any seat. Movies are now all digital. As they switched from 35MM film stock about a year ago. A beautiful mural of blue sky and clouds spreads across the entire ceiling. in 1998 the theatre underwent a $250,000.00 top to bottom renovation. A 2nd theatre with 100 stadium seats was added in 2001. The lobby is long and adorned with mini chandlers and framed mirrors. The ticket booth is painted yellow and authentic. Before you turn right or left to enter either theatre. There is a old carbon arc projector on display. Which was used when the theatre opened in 1927 up thru the mid 1990’s.

The parking lot behind the theater is very small. As when the theatre was built. Most people walked from nearby houses.

Parking in other private lots near the theatre WILL GET YOU TOWED! So park in the CVS complex 1.5 blocks from the theatre and take a brisk walk back to the theatre!

Prices a very reasonable $10.00. $9.00 matinee. $4.00 all seats on Tuesday. So get there early as it gets packed! The State Cinema is a real Cinema treasure! So pass by the multi-plex and make this cinema your go to movie palace!

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