100 Park Street,
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I first discovered the State Theatre in 1976, when it was closed. Originally opened in July 1914 as the Palace Theatre with 500 seats, the State Theatre had closed in 1975, and in 1982, a non-profit group was organized with the goal of re-opening the State Theatre. The goal was achieved in 1984, and the State Theatre showed its first film, “On Golden Pond”, after nine years of darkness. It has remained in continuous operation since its re-opening.
The State Theatre is a small plain village theatre that recently acquired a new owner and a new format. After years of being a second run house, the State Theatre is now a first run theatre. The new owner has increased attendance through first run films and has twinned the theatre by converting the small balcony into a second theatre. Seating is now provided for 135 in the former orchestra level and 68 in the former balcony level.
The 1930’s or thereabouts renovation added a tiled facade which is Art Deco, but the exterior housing the auditorium can kindly be described only as “very basic”.
Sally, the new owner and sucessful restauranteur, is a former projectionist who sounds like she has the energy and expertise to keep the State Theatre a viable theatre.
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