State Theatre

143 4th Street,
Troy, NY 12180

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Architects: Abraham K. Mosley

Previous Names: Rose Theatre

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State Theatre

The State Theatre was one of downtown Troy’s many theatres. It was built by the same architect as the American Theatre (Cinema Art) and opened as the Rose Theatre on March 31, 1923. It was operated by the Rosenthal family and all seats were on a single floor. It was later renamed State Theatre. It closed in the early-1960’s and was quickly demolished for a parking lot, which it remains to this day.

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Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on September 11, 2012 at 1:22 am

Not sure, but I think this was on Fourth STREET, not AVE. Film Daily lists it as the latter, which I think is a typo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm

The Rose/State Theatre was definitely on Fourth Street, not Fourth Avenue. Here is an item about it from the April 29, 1922, issue of The American Contractor:

“TROY, N. Y.

“Theatre (Rose, movie): $30,000. 2 sty. 60x120. 4th St., bet. Ferry & Congress sts. Archt. A. K. Mosely. Franklin sq. Owner J. C. Rosenthal. 20 Locust av. Cone. ext. walls. Gen. contr. let to C. P. Boland. 30 4th st.”

Abraham K. Mosley was a native of England who came to the United States in 1904. He was commissioned to work on the Emma Willard School in 1910 and settled in Troy where he practiced for many years, though he designed buildings as far away as Kansas City, Kansas (St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church on 18th Street.) He died in 1951.

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