19 S. Fountain Avenue,
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The State Theatre first opened on November 17, 1927, and was the flagship of the Chakeres Amusement Company. Founded in 1911 by Phil Chakeres, the still-functioning circuit grew to an eventual 80 screens in Ohio, and started with the 150-seat Princess Theatre in Springfield. The State Theatre’s architect was Charles E. Dawley, working from a design by John Eberson.
The auditorium might be described as semi-Atmospheric, with castle walls decor but an ornamented ceiling with eight crystal chandeliers.
By 1941, the State Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was never sub-divided and operated until 1990. The State Theatre has since reopened and is now used for live theater as well as screenings of silent movies.
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