214 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.
Firms: Frankel and Curtis
Previous Names: Downtown Cinema, Movies on Main
News About This Theater
- Feb 5, 2014 — Kentucky Theatre to undergo major renovation
The State Theatre opened on April 20, 1929 with Norman Kerry in “Trial Marriage”. It was located next to the larger Kentucky Theatre on Main Street. The State Theatre could seat 950 in its Atmospheric/Spanish-style auditorium. The State Theatre was built by the Switow family, which also had the Kentucky Theatre built seven years prior. By 1941, the State Theatre was operated by the Schine Circuit.
On January 28, 1964, the State Theatre became an “art house” called the Downtown Cinema screening foreign films. By the 1970’s, it was showing adult movies. On October 10, 1985 it was renamed Movies on Main. In 1996, the State Theatre was restored and reopened, serving as an “annex” to the neighboring Kentucky Theatre and showing films as well as presenting live entertainment.
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