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State Theatre - Springfield (Official)
Architects: Charles E. Dawley
News About This Theater
- Jun 18, 2010 — "Jaws"... Happy 35th!
- May 14, 2010 — Please Post Today, May 14 --- "Jaws," Happy 35th
- Oct 14, 2008 — Nosferatu Returns to the State Theatre
- Mar 26, 2008 — Caligari is coming to the State Theatre!
- Dec 18, 2007 — State Theater showing more silent films
- Oct 22, 2007 — Nosferatu Returns to the State Theatre!
The State Theatre first opened on November 17, 1927, and was the flagship of the Chakeres Amusement Company. Founded in 1911 by Phil Chakeres, the still-functioning circuit grew to an eventual 80 screens in Ohio, and started with the 150-seat Princess Theatre in Springfield. The State Theatre’s architect was Charles E. Dawley, working from a design by John Eberson.
The auditorium might be described as semi-Atmospheric, with castle walls decor but an ornamented ceiling with eight crystal chandeliers.
By 1941, the State Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was never sub-divided and operated until 1990. The State Theatre has since reopened and is now used for live theater as well as screenings of silent movies.
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