Beale Street Theatre
304 Beale Street,
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Built in 1939, the State Theatre served downtown Kingman just off old Route 66. It replaced the Lang Theatre, which had opened in 1917. It was operated by the Harry L. Nace Theatres chain.
Reportedly the theatre closed shortly after shortly after the 40 went through north of the town, bypassing this section of 66. I’m told the last picture playing was “Star Wars”, but since that opened in 1977, perhaps they meant “Empire Strikes Back” (1980).
An antique/used furniture store now uses the space. The screen is gone, but the seats are all still in place and the stage still exists. The lobby and old restrooms are used for storage. The current entrance is on Beale Street, but my research indicates the old entrance was at 200 N. 4th Street, on the corner.
The manager in 1959 was Ira Rawlings. In 1961 it was Jason Penhallegon, according to local phone books.
The interior is worn, but not in too bad a shape. In 2016 fundraising was underway with a view to renovate and restore the theatre. By November 2018 it had reopened as the Beale Street Theatre.
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