State Theatre

304 Beale Street,
Kingman, AZ 86401

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State Theater

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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 21 comments)

cahammoaz
cahammoaz on January 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 8, 2010 at 2:00 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 12:46 am

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 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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

KingmanAz
KingmanAz on May 6, 2016 at 5:13 am

I moved to Kingman in 1980 and view many movies in this theater. Around 1983 a new theater was constructed (not by the same owners) and this one was closed. We also had a drive-in movie theater to the north of the community. In reference to a recent article (4/26/2016) in the Kingman Daily Miner…“Effort under way to breathe new life into old theater”. The building has been sold and a local group wants (and will) to restore and turn this facility to a place for performing arts. I praise them for their endeavors to make this possible. This Saturday May 7th 5-8 at the Old Elks Lodge (4th & Oak St) Downtown Kingman there will be a fundraiser for renovating the theatre. Please come and support this great project!! It is wonderful to see this historical building come back to life as the Route 66 Beale Street Theater aka State Theater. For more information go to www.bealestreettheater.com

Senorsock
Senorsock on May 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Still don’t know how a renovation is going to work considering the parking situation around the theatre, but more power to them as they try to restore this old house! Here’s a link to the story: http://kdminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=797&ArticleID=69898

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2016 at 12:30 am

The State Theatre’s entrance was on Beale Street, so its address should be 304 Beale.

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