State Theater

1312-14 E. Broadway,
Alton, IL 62002

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State Theater

The State Theater opened on Christmas Day, 1939, with the film, “In Name Only” and could seat 530. The Moderne-style theater was hailed by advertisements placed by its mangement in the local paper as “Alton’s finest amusement spot”.

It operated until 1955, in the end screening second-and-third run films. A couple years later the former movie house was converted into a storage space, then was unused a number of years before being used once more for storage, which it remained for many years, serving longer in this capacity than as a theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on August 7, 2009 at 4:21 am

Here is a 12/23/39 ad from the Alton Evening Telegraph:

rivest266 on March 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

December 23rd, 1939 grand opening ad in photo section

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