State Theater

807 Washington Street,
Stoughton, MA 02072

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State Theater

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This historic balconied theatre in the center of Stoughton recently functioned as a cinema pub, but with the bulk of the seating intact. Recent popular hits played here, generally for one or two week runs.

It closed December 2, 2007 and is now waiting for someone to buy the theatre and hopefully re-open it as the State Theater.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

I walked by this theatre yesterday. The marquee is blank, and the lobby is full of trash and debris. Whether that indicates an active construction project, I don’t know. A policeman standing nearby said the theatre was recently sold, but he didn’t know any more details.

The adjoining storefront to the right of the theatre entrance is vacant and appears to be undergoing construction.

MrDJDude on April 19, 2009 at 4:48 am

According to this article from the Brockton Enterprise, this theater has been purchased by a local businessman with the intent of renovating it and using it as a performing arts center. There are also four photos, two exterior and two of the exterior with the newly restored Italian granite facade.

I never did get to the Cinema Pub when I lived in Randolph. I regret that now, as it seemed like a decent place. Well, cest le vie. I’m guessing this theaters movie-showing days, one way or the other, are over now.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm

As the State, this theater opened apparently in Dec. 1927. The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists one earlier movie theater in Stoughton, the Orpheum, seat count not given, open 6 days per week.

Frank C. Grace
Frank C. Grace on February 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

Here are some of my photographs taken inside the theatre this past weekend:

The theatre is in the process of being restored. For more information, please visit:

CSWalczak on March 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

An article about the efforts to restore and reopen the theater: View link.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

The Quincy Patriot Ledger of Wed April 20 had an article “Stoughton Projects get a Closer Look” about a meeting which took place on Tuesday covering the reopening of the State Theatre and the reopening of the closed-up Stoughton railroad station. Those at the meeting were able to tour the theater. The article states that the STARS group is “using the theater and staging productions there now.” I don’t know how true that statement is.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

The Quincy Patriot Ledger of Feb. 25, 2013 has an article “New Group Making Bid to reopen State Theatre” by Teresa Franco. Apparently, the Save the State Theatre group has morphed into the Friends of the State Theatre. (note how these groups use the old original theater name). The Friends has recently signed a 20-year lease with the building owner, C&V Realty Trust. The lease calls for no rent, in exchange for renovating the theater. They have a budget of $2M. The Friends group has 18 members, including the Little Theatre of Stoughton which gave the final performance at the theater in 2007. The Friends is led by town Selectman John Stagnone.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Someone Who Was There tells me that the name of the State’s architect on the surviving blueprints is Funk & Wilcox, the firm which designed the Strand Theatre in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester.

jaboschen on February 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

I have some photos of the surviving blue prints, and the architects indeed were Funk and Wilcox. It’s interesting, as Ron stated, this firm designed the Strand Theater, as well as the Franklin Park Theater (also in Dorchester), the Ware (aka Cabot Street Cinema) in Beverly, and the Somerville Theatre in Somerville; all of which have a similar style. The Stoughton State, on the other hand, was an atmospheric style theater which utilized an Italian theme. It would be interesting to find some original photos of the auditorium to see how the firm designed their atmospheric theatre, and how it compares to these other venus.

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