State Theatre

617 Broadway Street,
Larned, KS 67550

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Architects: Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Movies (Second Run)

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The State in Larned

This was the second State Theatre to operate in Larned. State Theatre originally opened on April 6, 1949 with Fred MacMurray in “Father Was a Fullback”. It is the only theatre in this small town of 4,200 residents.

After being closed for two years, the old cinema reopened in early July 2002 with a theatre full of volunteers running the show. The theatre was recently renovated and its famous neon marquee is still being repaired with plans to reinstall it in the near future.

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William on December 5, 2003 at 9:27 am

The State Theatre is located at 519 Broadway and it seated 378 people.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on February 22, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Here is a recent photo of the State Theatre. View link

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 23, 2008 at 8:24 pm

A 1999 view of the State Theater in Larned. From the prior postings it looks like they did a very good job on the restoration work.

mpd732 on January 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Please guys do not post my photos without asking for permission. 8/25/2009 & 4/15/2010 are mine.

dallasmovietheaters on October 15, 2018 at 9:01 am

The State Theatre is located at 617 Broadway Street. It was the second State Theatre in town. It launched April 6, 1949 with “Father Was a Fullback.” The current theatre has 302 seats.

The first State Theatre was at 519 Broadway opening in 1928 closing 20 years later. It was the one with 378 seats.

The official website with showtimes for the current State Theatre can be found at its Facebook site:

richardg on June 23, 2023 at 1:46 pm

Stumbled across this theatre while on an extensive theatre hunting road trip. The theatre was built in 1949 but permits were applied for a number of years before 1949. Building supplies were in short supply right after W.W.II and the city already had three movie theatres. The theatre is now owned by the community and completely run by volunteers. No paid staff. The marquee is in great shape and the theatre is kept immaculate by the abundant volunteer staff. Seating today is 300 and there is no balcony. Generally, like most small town theatres the format is P.G.films but the State did briefly try showing R rated films after their regular PG showings. Unfortunately, this format wasn’t too successful and was discontinued. Town support the State seems to be overwhelming. While outside talking to one of the volunteers I saw three different people from outside purchase popcorn and then leave. One man could barely carry the many large popcorns to his car. I guess the different purchasers of popcorn for some reason couldn’t attend the movie but wanted to show their financial support of the theatre. I saw the inside of approximately 13 theatre on this trip and if it weren’t for the dedicated unpaid vounteers, I doubt more than two or three would be open today.

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