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