223 West Capitol Street,
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The State Theatre opened June 11, 1935 and the air-conditioned theatre was considered the ultimate in showdom. The theatre was located mid-block next to the King Edward Hotel. The theatre was built and operated by John Williams, who also built and operated the Lamar Theatre.
The State Theatre was a first run house playing MGM and Warner Brothers films until the opening of the Lama Theatre,r and then went to a double-feature policy playing the Universal, Republic, and Monogram product. It closed in May 1956.
The theatre and property were acquired by the King Edward Hotel and its Patio Club Annex was built on that spot. One fond moment for a lot of Jacksonions was the re-release of “Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein” doubled featured with “Buck Privates”. Mr. Williams talked of selling out those shows all weekend.
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