214 Main Street,
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The State Theatre opened on April 20, 1929, next to the larger Kentucky Theatre on Main Street. The State Theatre could seat 950 in its Atmospheric/Spanish-style auditorium. The State Theatre was built by the Switow family, which also had the Kentucky Theatre built seven years prior. By 1941, the State Theatre was operated by the Schine Circuit.
In the 1960’s, the State Theatre became an “art house” called the Downtown Cinema screening foreign films. By the 1970’s, it was showing adult movies. In 1996, the State Theatre was restored and reopened, serving as an “annex” to the neighboring Kentucky Theatre and showing films as well as presenting live entertainment.
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