State Theatre

148 Front Street,
Deposit, NY 13754

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onthego365 on October 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

MarkNYLA: Everything is correct except who owns the theatre. It is actually owned by The Deposit Community Theatre and Performing Arts Center Inc. and it’s name technically is that as well. However, it is still known by many as the State Theater.

Patsy on October 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

MarkNYLA: Very good news! Hope to visit this theatre next Spring or Summer as the exterior looks like black carerra glass or vitrolite.

MarkNYLA on October 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

The State Theatre was opened in 1937 as part of the Kallet Theatres chain. It has been operating continuously since then, except of a one year closure from September 1994 due to fire damage, after which the interior was almost completely rebuilt. There was also a brief closure in 2006 due to flood damage. The theatre’s status was changed to non-profit in March of 1987, and it is now owned by the Town of Deposit. The theatre held a successful fund drive for a digital projection upgrade, this was installed in September 2013. As of 10/13 there are still funds left over that will be used for audio/visual upgrades and marquee renovation. 10/13 exterior shot added to the photo page.

bobc007 on July 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

I had my first date at the State Theatre. The movie was “Little Big Man”.

Patsy on June 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I love the vitrolite that is still on the art deco exterior of this theatre!

RJT70mm on June 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

Was this a Kallet house at one time?

Undragoned on January 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

If anyone would like some interior photos (2011) of the State Theater in Deposit, let me know and I will e-mail them to you.

Patsy on July 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

The exterior is a material called Vitrolite.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

the roof of the STATE THEATRE collapsed just hours after the last feature was over.City inspector,Herbert Smith thinks heavy snowfall could brought the roof down.Harry Nichols the owner of the STATE said the theatre was inspected a year ago by the insurance company that insures it.$50.000 damage to the theatre.The STATE Was built in the 30’s as a garage by 1939 it was a movie house.I know this was posted earlier,but i Put a few names in the story.

onthego365 on April 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

The photo from 2009 was taken before the sidewalk renovation last summer. The sidewalks in front of the theatre look really nice now. Also, if you still haven’t any photos from the interior, let me know, I’ll see if I can get some.

TLSLOEWS on February 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

Very nice looking theatre.

Patsy on June 7, 2009 at 7:55 am

Lost: Yes, that is a much better photo without the trash cans. Thanks.

Patsy on June 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

Lost: Thanks so very very much for the Vitrolite site. Sure wish a hometown restaurant had kept that facade, but to this day the tile is gone and so is the restaurant! In the meantime, new owners have not been found and so the location is an eyesore for the residents of the old hometown where the Grand Theatre WAS located, too!

Patsy on May 19, 2009 at 8:50 am

“The facade was faced with Vitrolite tiles.” I haven’t seen many theatre facades with the use of these tiles. It would be interesting to research the name, Vitrolite and see what we can find. I’m sure that in the 30’s this tile was used for other business facades such as restaurants and maybe even old gas stations.

Patsy on May 19, 2009 at 8:48 am

I’ve been told that a building can be removed from NR if they don’t comply to the NR specifications when making changes. In this case, the State must have not complied though it would be interesting to learn the whys of it all. If you come across anything that might explain this, let me know. Thanks, again!

Patsy on May 19, 2009 at 6:14 am

Lost: Now I know why your screen name is LOST MEMORY! ;–)

Patsy on May 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Lost: Any interior photos out there?

SchineHistorian on January 1, 2008 at 6:22 pm

As President of Theatre Historical Society of America ( I visited the State in mid-November after reading the article mentioned above. The town has just 1600 people! Yet their dedication and commitment to their little theater should make other communities hang their heads in shame. I met some of their senior volunteer team members – all passionate, dedicated and conscientious people. The town really rallies behind the theater and works hard to support it. That little theater has flooded, burned, collapsed and been burglarized and yet each time they fix it up, dust if off and keep right on going. BRAVO!! These folks should be commended for their loving care of the State Theater!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2007 at 4:00 pm

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin has posted an article about Deposit’s State Theatre on their website. (The article is dated November 1, 2007, and the site apparently keeps articles on display for only seven days before they go into the pay-to-view archive.)

The story tells about the collapse of the theatre’s roof two hours after the audience had departed on a snowy night in February of 1985; the formation of a local group which purchased and rebuilt the theatre; the reopening in 1988; the fire in September, 1994, which destroyed everything but the facade and marquee; the successful rebuilding of the theatre a second time, and its reopening less than a year after the fire; the flooding of the Delaware River in June of 2006, which inundated the theatre’s stage and every row of seats; how more seats were acquired from another theatre and sufficient repairs made to reopen the State once again in September of 2006.

The article also quotes a spokesperson for the State who describes the theatre’s current condition: “Some flood damage still needs repair, we need to work on the stage curtain, the marquee needs some work, and our vintage 1937 popcorn machine broke down!”

The State’s own website appears to be defunct, but the theatre has a brief page at the Deposit Chamber of Commerce site. No events are currently listed, so I do hope the theatre hasn’t suffered another disaster since the publication of the newspaper article two days ago.

kencmcintyre on March 18, 2007 at 8:53 am

This is a copy of a color painting by Davis Cone in 1985, from his book “Popcorn Palaces”:

Patsy on April 12, 2006 at 2:26 pm

Chuck: Please send me a photo of the State Theatre in Deposit NY. Thanks.

jeffreyt on September 17, 2005 at 5:48 am

The roof did cave in over the auditorium years ago.(late 70’s/early 80’s ?) The auditorium was rebuilt and there was a fire and the auditorium was re-built again in the early 90’s

JoePfeifferJr on January 26, 2005 at 8:17 pm

This theatre was part of the Kallet Theatre chain. My Grandfather was Joseph Kallet. I have some photos if anyone is interested.

Joe Pfeiffer Jr

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 15, 2004 at 9:49 am

Film Daily Yearbook 1950 gives a seating capacity of the State Theatre as 514.

richardg on October 18, 2004 at 7:39 pm

Hi Joe, Are you sure about this theatre having burned down? I’ve seen this theatre at least twice in the past five years and the owner never mentioned a fire. I do know the roof caved in many years ago after an extremely heavy snowfall.