State Theatre

4 South Street,
Middletown, NY 10940

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The State Theatre was located on South Street in Middletown, NY, across from the Paramount Theatre.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 11, 2004 at 8:59 am

The State was situated at 17 South Street, and had 1,188 seats, according to the 1955 Film Daily Year Book. By that time, another Middletown theatre, the Stratton, had closed.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 11, 2004 at 9:27 am

Chalk up yet another error for the Film Daily Year Books! I think it’s about time for me to stop posting “facts” contained therein.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 26, 2007 at 7:50 am

The State Theatre had Eugene DeRosa and Robert R. Graham as architects, according to the September, 1922 issue of Architecture Magazine. It was reportedly the first theatre in Orange County to offer cooled air in summer. Here are three views taken in 1922. The auditorium was elegantly appointed and had a small balcony:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 29, 2007 at 1:40 pm

An elderly friend told me that Middletown had an old vaudeville theatre called the Alhambra. It seems possible that the Alhambra was eventually renovated into a cinema and re-named the Stratton, but I’m only guessing. Further research is required.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2008 at 8:37 am

This is another case of “r” before “e” at the end of the “t” word—State Theatre (not State Theater). Here are new direct links to images posted above on 9/26/07:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2008 at 9:41 am

Ken, I didn’t say that the spelling is shown in the photos, but it appears as State Theatre in the September 1922 issue of Architecture Magazine and in later advertising that I’ve seen for the theatre. The introduction also needs to be updated to include the names of Eugene De Rosa and Robert R. Graham as architects of the State Theatre. De Rosa is one of the most important and prolific architects listed at Cinema Treasures. It will benefit anyone doing research on his work.

ethayer on November 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

My great-grandfather O. S. Hathaway, owned the State and Stratton theaters in Middletown, NY. Back then they were vaudeville theaters. I have some paper memorabilia from those days. I don’t know if I have any information you don’t already have. But feel free to drop me a line if you like.

rivest266 on October 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

December 28th, 1921 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

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