316 Eau Claire Street,
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Previous Names: Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
The State Theatre was built for the Finkelstein & Ruben chain and opened on January 19, 1926 with Corinne Griffith in “Classified”. It was used for vaudeville shows and movies. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ, said to be the same as the one in the Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL. The theatre installed Vitapahone in 1928. The first talkie which showed here was "Lights of New York" starring Helene Costello. By 1940 it was operated by Publix who were soon merged with Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Friedl. The State Theatre closed in 1982 when the last movie shown was “Tron”.
The State Theatre was donated to the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council in 1984 and was restored and renovated, reopening in 1986 featuring performing arts, concerts, local community events, and gallery space. Occasional classic movies were also shown. It was closed on August 31, 2018.
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