State Theatre

108 4th Avenue NE,
Austin, MN 55912

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Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Publix Theaters Corporation

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre opened in around 1912. By 1925, it had been renamed State Theatre with seating listed at 440. The theatre was operated by various companies including, Finklestein & Ruben, Publix and Minnesota Amusements.

The theatre closed in 1950 and is still standing in retail use.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2009 at 2:30 am

The State was sold by the Minnesota Amusement Company, a Paramount affiliate, to comply with the terms of the Paramount consent decree. The February 18, 1950, issue of Boxoffice reported the sale, saying that the State had been MAC’s “C” house in Austin. The buyers were the Donovan Brothers.

According to a 1966 article from the Austin Daily Herald, quoted by ken mc in a comment of Dec 16, 2006, on the Paramount Theatre page, the State actually opened as the Lyric sometime around 1912, and operated until about 1962. It was converted into a Goodwill store in 1966.

SethG on December 9, 2018 at 8:21 am

It’s gotten a weird modern remodel, and appears to be retail.

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