State Theater

719 Congress Avenue,
Austin, TX 78701

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Austin Theatre Alliance -- State Theater (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.

Architects: W. Scott Dunne

Functions: Movies, Performing Arts

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 512.692.0507
Manager: 512.692.0507

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State Theater

Orginally built in 1935 by Interstate Theatres Inc., the State Theater opened on December 25, 1935 with “The Bride Comes Home”, a comedy with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. It was a conversion of an existing building to the plans of architect W. Scott Dunne.

It was the fourth of the Interstate Theatres Inc. Austin theatres (the Paramount Theatre, Queen Theatre and Capitol Theatre were the others)

Contributed by Marc Rendon

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

A photo from December 2009:

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matt54 on May 7, 2012 at 3:57 am

It’s too bad that very nice old marquee ca’t be used because of the tree blocking any view of it; I’m just betting that, in Austin, you’d have a hard time getting a permit to cut the tree.

Pawnshop on June 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I saw Popeye and Dragonslayer as a double feature there in the mid 1980’s for $1, strange mix. I heard later that the State had been turned into a Heavy Metal club and that made me sad because I assumed that meant that it would be trashed so badly that there would never be movies there again. I was very happy to discover that she is a movie house again and I will catch a film there soon!

trailerjoh on October 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

To Pawnshop, it is both a movie theater and live theater now. We have a roll down screen and can do digital presentations there now. The blade out front has been restored and turned back on in the first week of Oct. 2013. New neon tubes, wiring and cleaned up and polished face of the blade.

DavidZornig on November 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

1959 marquee photo added, credit & courtesy of the Austin History Center Facebook page.

DavidZornig on December 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Crisper version of the 1947 photo added, photo credit Neal Douglass. Courtesy of the Austin History Center. Color added by the Traces Of Texas Facebook page.

DavidZornig on December 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Unfortunately the size limit that photos added to CT receive upon uploading them, does not do all of them justice. If you were to download both images away from CT and inspect them full size as some other CT members have in the past, you will see the differences. Various building details, store names etc. are legible in the image I uploaded, but yes not the marquee in this instance. My “habit” of uploading “crisper” photos, as well as many more previously unseen photos in general, is at over 2400 in 11 years. I also credited the original photographer and used the copyright attribution, that the previous/07/17/12 poster may not have known. Your critique however is appreciated and duly noted.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 28, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Hi Southern Comfort. I wonder if you would consider contacting me at your convenience. Thanks in advance.

DavidZornig on May 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

Reddit link with a January 18, 1956 photo. In the comments of that link there are three bonus pics.

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