State Theatre

108 N. Main Street,
Waupaca, WI 54981

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State Theatre

The Waupaca Theatre was opened in 1926 in a former National Guard unit dating from 1921. By 1934 it had been renamed Adler’s Waupaca Theatre and by 1941 it had been renamed Waupaca Theatre again. In 1946 it was renamed State Theatre and it closed December 23, 1949.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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DavidZornig on April 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

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Predator on April 15, 2017 at 8:50 am

The following information comes from the Waupaca Historical Society.

“The Waupaca” theatre operated on North Main Street from 1926 to 1946. The building, built in 1921, originally housed the National Guard unit. In 1926, Carl Cohen renovated the building, opening it as “The Waupaca” theatre. Shortly after, J.P. Adler leased the building, adding his name to the marquee.

The movie house showed “second run,” or less popular movies, compared to the nearby Palace Theatre on Fulton Street (also owned by Adler). The Ashe Theater Corporation took over the theatre in 1946 and renamed it, “The State.” It showed its last movie on December 23, 1949."

The building is located in the “100 block” of North Main Street, possibly located at 108 North Main Street.

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