20 N. Robinson Avenue,
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Architects: W.T. Vahlberg
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Mar 17, 2013 — “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements
- Dec 9, 2012 — Happy 50th, “Lawrence of Arabia”
- Oct 18, 2011 — Happy 50th, "West Side Story"
- Oct 24, 2010 — "The Alamo"...Happy 50th!
- Oct 13, 2010 — Happy 55th, Todd-AO & "Oklahoma!"
- Oct 30, 2009 — Happy 50th, "Sleeping Beauty"
Opened on March 5, 1937 with Grace Moore in “When You’re in Love”. The State Theatre was one of only a handful of theatres built to exclusively showcase Columbia Pictures. In fact, within the State’s logo design was the prominent slogan “HOME TO COLUMBIA PICTURES!”.
Architect W.T Vahlberg designed the State Theatre in a Streamline/Moderne style. At the far end of a Hollywood chic lobby was a dramatic, sunken lounge.
The auditorium carried a rust colour scheme, featured stadium style seating with gradual floor rake that became quite steep near the rear of the house, resulting in excellent sight lines. Gorgeous, heavy drapes adorned a fully curved screen. Indirect lighting throughout the interior bathed the space in soft hues.
Short sighted urban development caused the State Theatre to be razed in late-December 1971, a sad loss to downtown Oklahoma City.
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