137 E. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.
Firms: E.C. Horne & Sons
Styles: Italian Renaissance
Previous Names: Broadway Theater, Bijou Theater, Rialto Theater
A first run theater which was near the Loews Poli Palace Theater on E. Main Street in Waterbury for decades. The State Theater opened on March 30, 1929. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The theater was renamed the Rosalind Russell State Theater, in honor of the Waterbury native, when she and co-star Eddie Albert appeared in person for the world premiere of their movie “Girl Rush” in August 1955.
The city put a bronze plaque on an outside wall of the theater to commemorate the event. Unfortunately, Hurricane Diane hit Waterbury with torrential rain the day of the premiere, and the State Theater (and much of downtown Waterbury) was under four feet or more of floodwater the next day.
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