State Theatre Center for the Arts
27 E. Main Street,
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The State Theatre was hailed as “the largest, finest and most beautiful playhouse in Western Pennsylvania” upon its opening in the fall of 1922. With many accolades it became a “picture place”, showing silent movies and presenting vaudeville’s finest acts from the B.F. Keith Circuit.
Thomas Lamb, a nationally known theater architect, designed the State. He is best known for his work in the 18th century Robert Adam’s style of architecture and for his fine acoustical planning. The Ingstrip-Burke Company of Chicago, Art Designers, decorated the interior of the Moderne structure in the Adam’s style. The theme was that of “refinement of line and chasteness of ornamentation”. The artist in charge, Michael Tomlin, educated at the School of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, pronounced himself well-satisfied: “It is better than I hoped, it is what I dreamed”.
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