105 E. Stephenson Street,
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Architects: Axel J. Claesson
Previous Names: New State Theatre
The New State Theatre opened on July 15, 1948 with Bing Crosby in “Variety Girl”. It was operated by the Marchesi Brothers, who had operated the original State Theatre from 1935 until 1948 at another address on Stephenson Street in a converted store.
The New State Theatre could seat almost twice the amount of the original’s 350. In the mid-1950’s the State Theatre (it had dropped the “New” by then) was taken over by the owner of the Lindo Theatre (then still known as the Freeport Theatre), who ran the State Theatre until it closed in 1964. The theatre was reopened five years later by the Chicago-based Great States circuit, which continued to operate it for many years.
The State Theatre closed in the late-1980’s, and was razed in November 1994.
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