105 South 52nd Street,
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Styles: Art Deco
Designed by architect Ralph Bencker with Thomas W. Lamb as consultant, the State Theatre was one of the most magnificent Art Deco style movie palaces ever built, but its location in western Philadelphia was too far from downtown and disqualified it from first-run status. Instead of being at the very top of the balcony, the projection booth was housed in the center of the mezzanine section of seats, which created a superior screen image and permitted better spotlighting for stage shows. By 1950 the State Theatre was operated by William Goldman Theaters Inc.
The State Theatre was demolished in 1967, and today a McDonalds Restaurant stands on the site. Four pages of black and white photographs can be found in “Philadelphia Theaters”, by Irvin R. Glazer.
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