State Theatre

200 N. 3rd Street,
Kingman, AZ 86401

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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.

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 probably was on Fourth 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. However its location and lack of parking make it doubtful this would ever be brought back as a theatre.

Contributed by Jeff Zimmer

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Senorsock
Senorsock on May 26, 2007 at 3:53 pm

I’ve seen this theater and it would take a lot of money to claen it up and get it back in shape again. It would be nice to have it as a perfroming arts center as part of a downtown revival, but like downtown Kingman, it is off the beaten trail, has no parking and would have a very small lobby. It’s hard to beat the Movies of Kingman, since their top ticket is about $5. Who ended up with the winning bid?

cahammoaz
cahammoaz on December 18, 2007 at 9:54 am

the Movies is now closed here in Kingman,az. i am thinkin about a Drive-in theater. any ideas?

cahammoaz
cahammoaz on January 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm

still looking for investors or sponsers call 928-565-1659

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I think this is part of the theater building:
http://tinyurl.com/y86f2e9

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Jan 6 1970 has “7th Voyage of Sinbad"and "GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD”.For years this theatre played Double features everyday.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

The October, 2012, issue of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts newsletter, Mohave Memories, indicates that the State Theatre at Kingman was in operation by 1940. In 1946, Ira Rawlings was the name of the manager.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2013 at 6:05 am

The April, 2009, issue of Mohave Memories says that the State Theatre was built by Harry Nace and opened in September, 1939. It was designed by Phoenix architects Alexander & Burton, and was erected by local contractors I.M. George and W.S. Ford.

The newsletter doesn’t say when Lang’s Theatre closed (it opened in 1917), but the impression I’ve gotten from various sources is that it closed around the time the State opened. Movies had been shown in Kingman as early as 1907, at the Elk’s Hall.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on September 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

Harry L. Nace was a Paramount Theater operating partner in this territory!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2013 at 6:40 am

As the State Theatre was at 3rd and Beale Streets, FDY must have gotten the address wrong. It had to have been 200 N. 3rd Street.

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