204 E. 4th Avenue,
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State Theatre-Harlequin Productions (Official)
Firms: Wohleb and Wohleb
Functions: Live Theater
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: State Theatre, State Tri-Cinema
News About This Theater
The State Theatre opened on November 22, 1949 with June Haver in “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” and was first operated by Evergreen Theaters.
Constructed with stadium seating for 1,000 patrons, the former single screen theatre was triplexed in 1977, under Tom Moyer Luxury Theaters. On December 22, 1978 it was renamed State Tri-Cinema.
In 1983, the State Tri-Cinema became a second run theatre and later a dollar house before it closed in the late-1990’s.
In the spring of 1998, Harlequin Productions, a 501c (3) non-profit semi-professional theatre company, purchased the building to be used for live theatre, and began a $1.3 million dollar remodeling project.
The remodel created a level, semi-thrust sprung-floor stage with 220 seats set in a seven row amphitheatre arrangement. The furthest seat is 40 feet from the stage. A system of catwalks over the stage and audience provides lighting positions of 23' to 27' above the stage floor. Located on an open Tech Deck at the back of the house are an audio board and fully equipped lighting system, which allows for a variety of lighting options as well as a quality sound system with an emphasis on playback. An electrical isolated ground system is in place at four locations: in the first house row, the back aisle of the house, backstage and on the Tech Deck. A system of 6" conduit runs under the audience and stage floor to assist with cabling needs. The stage is accessible by a 9' x 10' roll-up door with a 36" loading dock.
In 2003, further enhancements changed the audience seating area to 212 and added both costume and property storage areas to what was once the two additional movie auditoriums. While there is limited backstage space, there is a fully accessible dressing room and bathroom for artist use. Future plans (2005-2008) call for larger dressing rooms, 80 - 100 additional audience seats, upgraded audio equipment and acoustical enhancement.
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