Landmark Theatre

362 S. Salina Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Loew's State Theatre exterior

One of architect Thomas Lamb’s most well known and classic theaters, the former Loew’s State Theater is the grandest and only survivor of Syracuse’s era of the movie palaces. It opened on February 18, 1928.

After delighting audiences for almost 50 years, the theater had fallen into disrepair and was experiencing poor attendance. To save and preserve it in 1977, a group of citizens formed the Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre, or SALT.

SALT saved Lamb’s classic work and the theatre is now a showcase for concerts and performing arts. Thanks to ongoing renovation, the Landmark Theatre is back to its original grandeur.

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SWFLguy on September 24, 2007 at 7:49 pm

I saw many movies there back in the day. I remember the photos of all the MGM stars posted along the walls near the entrance. Was there ever a more ornate place built in Syracuse ? RKO Keiths and the Paramount were the closest competition. Great times.

Hyford on February 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Well, cinema fans, if you want to imagine someone coming into the Loew’s State in 1955, while attending Syracuse University. It was the first performance of “Love Me or Leave Me” starring Doris Day being presented in CinemaScope and 6-track Sterophonic sound. I was sitting in the Loge (where I would always sit.
Suddenly, midway thru the film, Doris Day is presented singing “Shaking the Blues Away” I was blown away by the sound, the film and this incredable theatre I was watching this movie in!

Thank God for Syracuse, New York for preserving this landmark!!!

Ziggy on January 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

How gratifying to see such a large number of events listed on the marquee!

A couple of summers ago I was walking past the Landmark Theatre (I almost typed “Loew’s State” since that’s still how I think of it) and the marquee had its soffit removed, possible for repairs. What was exposed was the arched soffit of the original marquee, still intact! It would be great to see the marquee restored to its original appearance, and to have the vertical sign replicated as was done with Shea’s Buffalo

kencmcintyre on June 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Here is a January 1973 ad from the Syracuse Herald Journal:

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Brad Smith on April 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

Click here for a photograph of the Loew’s State [Landmark] Theatre taken in 1930 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Great photo Bran,another LOEWS STATE.

TLSLOEWS on September 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

The Theatre Hisorical Socity Reader book reports that this theatre is closed to the fall of 2011 for more renovations.Wedding and events will still be held in the lobby.

Syraflix on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 am

They’ve taken out the back wall of the theater to expand the backstage out over the storefronts in the back. The addition is in a postmodern style that doesn’t fit in with the classic architecture of the building. They’re hoping the expanded stage will attract more live events.

Greenpoint on October 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I’m sitting in here now. What a beauty!!

DavidZornig on April 18, 2020 at 11:16 am

1963 “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” trampoline promotion image added courtesy Dave Rogers.

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