State Theatre

18 West Lake Avenue,
Watsonville, CA 95076

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GaryParks on July 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I have updated the Street View to show precisely the modern building which occupies the complete footprint of the Appleton/T&D/State Theatre building. The alley to the Right ran along the East flank of the office block and the auditorium behind.

GaryParks on May 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Regarding that fine photo from 1945: When the State was turned into a warehouse for Ford’s department store in 1967, that marquee was removed and the entrance blocked off. The two poster case frames facing the street remained, though filled with stucco. The rest of the facade, including the black and green veined marble along the base, and all of that ornamentation, remained exactly as shown right up until the building’s post-1989 earthquake demolition. The ornamental cartouche and moldings which stick up above the main cornice line were removed and salvaged prior to demolition, as were the ornamental corbels with the cherub faces in their centers. A friend of mine salvaged all the marble along the bottom himself. I have one jagged approximately 6 x 8 inch piece of it which I snagged subsequently.