State Theatre

506 W. University Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601

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Previously operated by: Florida State Theaters Inc.

Functions: Retail

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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The State Theatre opened on August 20, 1941 with Walter Pidgeon in “"Blossoms in the Dust”. seating listed at 825. It was remodeled in June 1942 when it was equipped with air conditioning. Initially operated by Florida State Theatres, it was eventually independently operated.

Closed on July 15, 1969, it was demolished in January 1970.

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irvl on February 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

I saw PORGY AND BESS there in 1960. I remember that the screen had a huge tear in it on the lower left side.

russell on November 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

According to a 7/4/69 Gainesville Sun newspaper article, the State Theater, now an art and foreign film house, would close July 15, 1969 after showing “War and Peace.”

russell on November 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Oh, and the address was what is now 506 West University Avenue. To the best of my memory, the office supply store a block away was once a dry cleaning plant.

HDEngineer on February 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm

I worked there as a relief projectionist from 1965-1968. “Shorty” was the chief projectionist. Allen??, the owners son was the other projectionist. It showed foreign and “art House” films. Many films would be assigned viewing for U of F students. The booth was a standard RCA/Simplex configuration with Peerless arc lamps.

rivest266 on May 22, 2024 at 8:59 am

article with demolition picture posted.

rivest266 on May 22, 2024 at 6:48 pm

The State Theatre, originally inaugurated on August 20th, 1941, underwent a significant transformation. After being reopened by Florida State Theatres, it was equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning, on June 10th, 1942. Another ad posted in the photo section.

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