State Theatre

275 W. St. Louis Street,
Nashville, IL 62263

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This theater appears on the 1915 Sanborn, operating in an old one-story building used as recently as 1906 as a dry goods/grocer. This may have been the same building as one appearing as early as the 1886 map. If so, it originally had a second floor containing a music hall. This disappears by the 1899 map, but the footprint of the building remains the same.

According to local history, the theater was opened in the 1900’s as the Gem Theatre. The owner may have been a Professor Wagner, who was certainly running it in 1931, when it was sold. The name was changed to the State Theatre in 1933.

When the new State Theatre on W. Elm Street was built in 1948, this building was sold and demolished, to be replaced by the current structure.

Contributed by Seth Gaines
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