State Theatre

8 N. State Street,
Westerville, OH 43081

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Previously operated by: Ohio Movies

Functions: Restaurant

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Proscenium Arch

The town hall in the center of Westerville served as the first movie theatre in the uptown district, costing no more than a dime and a nickel for a ticket. The State Theatre opened in 1927 with a contest featuring a $10 prize, enticing entrants to name the theatre. Since the theatre was on State Street, it was named the State Theatre. The theatre and the marquee atracted many Westerville moviegoers through the years. Sadly, the theatre became a furniture store. In late-December 2014 it was converted into a restaurant/bar, which had closed by summer of 2017. By early-2018 was in retail use. By early 2019 it was a barberque restaurant.

Contributed by Nathan Baker

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 30, 2005 at 12:09 am

When did it close? I recall seeing listings for it in the Columbus Dispatch well into the 1970s, when I moved away from the area.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2008 at 11:56 pm

The State can be seen on the right on this circa 1970 photo:

Keith on November 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

This theater still has its proscenium arch and projection room holes.

Keith on November 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm

The state has a for sale sign up and the amish furniture store is moving up the street next year.

Keith on November 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Asking price is $850,000!!

Keith on December 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Theatre is for lease.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 12, 2014 at 1:47 am

The State Theatre building is being converted into a bar and restaurant to be called the 8 State Bistro. They have a web site, but so far all it has is a front page. The first week of December was their original target for opening, but I don’t think it’s open yet.

Keith on July 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Theater is again for lease. Utility bills not paid.

Keith on April 20, 2018 at 6:26 am

New tenants making bbq.

DavidZornig on April 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Website for the Barrel & Boar BBQ restaurant, with a few interior photos.

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