State Theater

153 W. Elm Street,
Nashville, IL 62263

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Functions: Movies

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 618.327.8714
Manager: 618.327.8714

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Nashville, IL's State Theater

Not to be confused with an earlier State Theatre, this State Theater was built and opened on September 29, 1949. The small single-screen State Theater still shows movies. It is located on W. Elm Street near Kaskaskia Street and while it has a very plain fa├žade, its somewhat Art Moderne-style marquee adds a bit of color to the otherwise bland theater building.

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JimmiB on March 7, 2016 at 10:46 am

Came across a history of the State Theater. It’s a bit confusing since apparently the name was used by two different theaters in different eras.

SethG on April 27, 2020 at 12:34 pm

According to the history, this theater opened in 1948. It was built by Albert Smith and Alpha Hisey.

Trolleyguy on April 28, 2020 at 11:16 am

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2021 at 8:33 pm

The October 8, 1949 issue of Showmen’s Trade Review said that the new State Theatre in Nashville, Illinois had opened on September 29.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

The October 8 issue of Boxoffice also noted the recent opening of the new State Theatre, replacing the earlier State which was being converted into a garage. The owner of both States was Mrs. Alpha Hisey, the mother of Gradwell Sears, who was then the President of United Artists. The new house originally seated 488 in a building 42x120 feet.

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