2115 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48201

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BobHollberg on June 6, 2021 at 7:20 am

On June 16, 1928, the State became “the first theatre in the world devoted primarily to the newest sensation in entertainment—TALKING PICTURES,” according to an advertisement in the Detroit Free Press. The movie was “Glorious Betsy” with Dolores Costello and Conrad Nagel. See the Photos section for more information.

DavidZornig on January 17, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Promotional poster added to Photos gallery for :Clubland at the State Theatre", photo credit Geri Gillespie. Chicagos' Vic Theatre used the same niteclub concept & candy cane font for Clubland at the Vic Theatre in mid to late `80s below.

DavidZornig on November 20, 2018 at 8:23 am

Getting a new digital marquee.

rivest266 on November 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

October 29th, 1925 grand opening ad in photo section as State

Chris1982 on May 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

The Castle Theatre stood on this site in 1926 and seated 531.

RickB on September 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Nice interior dome shot at the top of this page.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 3:39 am

Folks lined up at the Palms to see Mighty Joe Young and Isle the Dead, photo from the 1950s in Boxoffice issue of November 18, 1963:
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Twistr54 on June 10, 2010 at 8:01 am

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New photos from May 29th 2010.

kencmcintyre on February 18, 2009 at 7:43 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in November 1956:

DETROIT-Lobby remodeling that began last March at the Palms Theater here has been completed. Incorporating the adjoining store space, the new lobby has modern bronze and glass doors, a new confection counter in the center and a decorative scheme in scarlet, gold and black.

A new 200-ton cooling plant also has been installed-all work having been done while the 3,000-seat theater was in operation 18 hours daily.

JerryD on October 25, 2008 at 12:42 pm

If anyone cares Torn Curtain played first run at the Adams Theatre located around the corner from the Palms on Grand Circust Park. The Palms always played a 2nd feature the second or third week of an engagement after it open, it was expected by our cliental. Jack Cataldo prepare the copy of the Palms Marqee with the copy for Rough & Torn Curtin.

GeorgeTobor on October 12, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Indeed, Torn Curtain is an excellent film. Another great work from the master Alfred Hitchcock. The passing of Paul Newman is a tragic loss to all lovers of fine films. To quote a line by Pier Angeli from Somebody Up There Likes Me, ‘Somebody down here too.’

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm

OK, sorry about that.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Lost Memory: Ken was right about the date on that picture of Torn Curtain. It was the second feature. The main attraction, Rough Night in Jericho, was a 1967 release.

Torn Curtain was on TCM earlier today, to pay tribute to Paul Newman.

kencmcintyre on January 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Here is a photo of the Palms, circa 1967:

HowardBHaas on January 1, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Fillmore is a “brand” being used nationwide by Live Nation, including in Philadelphia where I am, just as “House of Blues” is another brand.

JohnMLauter on January 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm

This theatre was built and opened as the State theatre in 1925, In 1937 it was renemed the Palms-State, as it is located in the Francis Palms building. In 1949 it was again renamed the Palms, dropping the “State” portion. Local real estate investor Chuck Forbes bought the buiding in the early 80s and renamed it the State (again). Now, with the affilation of an all-powerful media conglomerate it has been renamed “the Fillmore” in a mistaken sense that anything California will make a bigger impression here. The theatre is dingy and needs a large bath, as the Fox next door received in ‘88 and the place reeks of stale spilled beer. On any given sub-frigid winter night there are loads of underage girls lined up out front without coats “folding their arms around their charms” waiting to get in.

monstersmom89 on June 14, 2007 at 6:35 pm

…especially since changing the name to match something made famous elsewhere takes away a little of Detroit’s individuality, in my opinion. Detroit deserves the credit for having its own music and cultural scenes, of which the State will always be a part.

sdoerr on June 14, 2007 at 3:36 pm

The damage has been done, the theater has been renamed and the marquee looks really distasteful as seen [url=]
at this link[/url]. This really messes up the proportions as you have the long name with a huge blank space in the center.

The place will always be known as the State to me, never by this ridiculus name!

monstersmom89 on May 21, 2007 at 1:57 pm

WHAT?!? The State is a classic and should not be renamed again…but if it is, it will still be one of my very favorite places to go see a show.

sdoerr on April 1, 2007 at 3:37 pm

To be renamed as the Filmore Teater in May 2007. What a stupid name

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2007 at 1:43 pm

The State sued the nearby Colonial and the Majestic in 1937 as those theaters were offering “screeno”, which was kind of an onscreen lottery. The State lost the case:

sdoerr on February 8, 2006 at 11:31 am

The exterior was quite beautiful for the Super Bowl. It had red, white, and blue floods on it.
I believe the exterior was recently cleaned and restored also.

sdoerr on September 28, 2005 at 12:53 pm

Most of my photos of the State are now up at Flickr. Click HERE to see them.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 22, 2005 at 6:25 am

The State Theatre was built on the site of the Grand Circus Theatre, listed on Cinema Treasures: /theaters/13410/