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The Cumberland Theatre launched on Main Street in downtown in Appalachia as a silent motion picture theater in 1925. The Cumberland Theatre converted to sound on May 22, 1929 with the film, “Syncopation” starring Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. The operation went out of business twice during the Great Depression. The first was in 1935 re-launching March 26, 1937 with Richard Dix in “Special Investigator”.
The theatre closed again later in 1937. It re-emerged in 1938 as the new State Theatre. The Schine Circuit took on the operation in 1941 holding War Bond drives during World War II. Cumberland Amusement and Sammy Isaac took on the location calling it Isaac’s State Theatre. The State Theatre operated until September 30, 1961 closing with Clark Gabel in “The Misfits”.
The building was targeted for an urban renewal program which would raze the facility. That plan stalled but the vacant theatre was destroyed by fire on February 20, 1962.
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