State Theatre

1221 J Street,
Auburn, NE 68305

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Auburn State Theater (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Booth Brothers, Griffith Amusement Company

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: New Booth Theatre, Booth Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 402.274.4096
Manager: 402.274.4096

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Undated photo of the Booth Theater, same building as the State Theater.

The New Booth Theatre was opened prior to 1930. In 1934 it was renamed Booth Theatre. On January 1, 1941 it was renamed State Theatre, following a remodel and being taken over by the Griffith Amusement Co.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

CSWalczak on April 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

The this theater is now owned by the Auburn school district which continues to operate it as a commercial theater, recently raising $80,000 to help pay for upgrades. View link

CSWalczak on April 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

The theater’s official website is:!

DavidZornig on December 28, 2013 at 1:38 am

I just added a mid `30’s photo of the Booth Theater, which is the same building the current State Theater is in. Booth Theater should be added as the previous name to the State’s Overview.

Chris1982 on October 27, 2014 at 4:26 am

The Booth Theatre is listed as open in 1930 with 391 seats.

dallasmovietheaters on July 24, 2020 at 9:24 am

Robert R. Booth had a group of small-town silent theaters in the late 1910s. Auburn was home to theaters including the Booth, the Bennett Theatre run by Ole Bennett, the Rex/former Opera House, and the Auburn. The Auburn and Booth made it into the sound era with the others not making the transition.

On July 3, 1929, Robert Booth moved the Booth to its new and current location with a grand reopening as the New Booth Theatre. Wes W. Booth took over the theater in 1934. It had been renamed the Booth Theatre.

On June 24, 1939, the Booth Brothers sold three of their venues (Booth Theaters in Auburn and Nebraska City and Paramount in Nebraska City) to the Griffith Theatre Circuit took over the location, the gave the Booth Theatre a streamline moderne makeover complete with a blue porcelain sign with neon tubing spelling, “State.” That was the theater’s new name as of January 1, 1941. The Auburn Theatre was also purchased by the Griffith Circuit and appears to have continued operating into the late 1950s.

The State Theatre made the conversion to digital after some community support and was still in operation in the 2020s after 90 years in the same location.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2022 at 4:40 pm

A “Twenty Years Ago” column in Boxoffice of October 23, 1948 ran this news about Auburn from 1928:

“Work is progressing rapidly on the new Masonic temple at Auburn, Neb., the lower floor of which will be operated by the Booth Bros, of Nebraska City. It is rumored the Booths contemplate a chain for that section of the state.”

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