4712 El Cajon Boulevard,
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Architects: Simeon Charles Lee
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Trieu Thanh Theatre
Built for and operated by Fox West Coast Theatres, the State Theatre opened on August 28, 1940 with Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers in “Lucky Partners”. The State Theatre had beautiful murals adorning this sumptuous theatre’s auditorium walls, decorated by M. Chavalas, they were illuminated by ‘black light’. All seating was on a single level. Its exterior featured a 100 foot tall tower with with circular discs illuminated by neon tubing.
First operated by Fox West Coast Theatres, it was later taken over by Mann Theatres who closed the State Theatre in December 1979. In October 1980 it was taken over by an independent operator and began screening Asian movies having been renamed Trieu Thanh Theatre.
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