Arkley Center for the Performing Arts

410-20 G Street,
Eureka, CA 95501

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Opened on December 16, 1920 as the Sweasey Theatre, it was taken over by Loew’s Inc. in 1921 and renamed Loew’s State Theatre. In 1929, the interior was destroyed by fire and it was renovated. In June 1943, another fire did some damage and also considerable water damage was incurred. After years as a movie palace, the Loew’s State Theatre was closed in 1973 and was turned into Daly’s Department store.

Daly’s closed in 1995 and was abandoned for over ten years. The local university, Humboldt State, looked into using it for performing arts but finally backed out, possibly because the building required too much work. Its decaying state became something of an eyesore.

It was purchased by the Arkley’s in 2003 and renovation/restoration work began. In 2007 it was re-opened as the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

holmquistc on February 7, 2007 at 8:43 pm

This theater is now completely (to its mostly former glory) by the Arkleys. Go to for more info. It is now open and is a performing arts venue.

Evan39 on March 9, 2007 at 4:39 pm

This theater reopened on Friday night, February 2 with a sold out performance by Kenny Rogers. The next day the theater opened for an open house for the community which included tours, live music and food. I was on the first tour of the afternoon and we were shown the entire theater from the green rooms to the kitchen to the backstage area, bathrooms, and the catacombs under the theater. The theater currently does not have a projection booth and is intended for live performances but we were told they will be purchasing a digital projector.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Status should be Open. This is now the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. This is a recent photo.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on June 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I have a January 1925 program from this theater, which can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 31, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Here is a photo of the Arkley Center.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

This is a 1986 photo of Daly’s department store.

TLSLOEWS on January 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

Another old Loews to add to my list.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

You can see the back of the building here.

Tinseltoes on July 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

State Theatre renovations described in this 1961 trade article: Boxoffice

Mikeyisirish on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

You can see the front of the building here.

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