453 Northampton Street,
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State Theatre Center of the Arts (Official)
Architects: William Harold Lee
Previous Names: Neumeyer Theatre, Northampton Theatre, Colonial Theatre
The Northampton National Bank was built in 1873. It had a granite façade and foyer, which were retained when the bank was demolished in 1910 and the 700-seat Neumeyer Theatre was built, opening on March 8, 1910. It was screening movies by 1914, and around 1916 it was renamed Northampton Theatre. It was later renamed Colonial Theatre and had 725-seats and was operated by Wilmer & Vincent Corp.
In 1926 architect William Harold Lee was commissioned to drew up plans for a new larger theatre, which opened as the State Theatre on March 8, 1927 with 1,824-seats. Lee was inspired by the architecture of ‘Old Spain’ and by the Davanzanti Palace in Florence, Italy and the theatre had elaborate frescoes & guilding. In the 1960’s the foyer was repainted brown & blue which covered over the frescoes in this part of the theatre. In the 1970’s it went over to screening adult movies and was still open in 1973. In the 1970’s it was in use as rock music venue. It now features live concerts and stage shows and occasional ‘Classic’ movies.
The State Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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