State Theatre

710 11th Street,
Lawrenceville, IL 62439

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The Palace Theatre opened in 1924. It was a smaller theatre than the Avalon Theatre on the same street. It was remodeled in 1942 and renamed the State Theatre. It closed in 1952.

Contributed by Chuck Van bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

This weblog post from the Lawrence County Historical Society has two photos of the Avalon Theatre at 716 11th Street. The second of them is a view looking north along the east side of 11th Street toward State Street. I believe the Palace Theatre is in the last building on the block. There is a marquee and vertical sign, but I can’t quite make out the name on the vertical. That building must be at 710 11th Street, though, as it is about three doors north of the Avalon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Google’s camera car didn’t travel along 11th Street, so I’ve set Street View to look along the block. The State Theatre was in the first building facing 11th Street, next to the small park on the corner. The Avalon Theatre was in the third building on the block.

SethG on January 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

The State was never the Palace, at least according to the county historical society. The State building was constructed in 1907, and was retail until 1942, when it opened as the State, which closed in 1952. Nothing seems to have lasted very long here.

More information:!state-theater/c1h0

I think the Palace may have been the theater on the east side of 12th, south of Jefferson. The building is still there.

Google has new streetview, so you can now get a better view of the State. Not sure how to reposition it if it doesn’t give you the option.

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