By Sydney Green
On the thirtieth of October in 1922, the State Theater opened their doors for the very first time, showing silent films and presenting Vaudeville’s finest acts from the B.F. Keith Circuit. The theater had a $40,000 Pleubet Master organ to accompany the film and fit its mood. Although big names flickered across this screen and big titles drew full houses, the theaters time for being a movie palace was definitely limited. Sadly, the State Theater closed in 1973. After 51 years, the theater reopened to host country and western legends like Johnny Cash. But, once again, this failed to keep the theater open. In 1988, they opened the theater to host Broadway musicals, Big Bands, symphonies and dance performances. The theater is also a place where many young, local people get their first exposure to the arts. The theater also rents out for dance recitals and high school musicals.
Some upcoming performances at the State Theater includes,The Cast of “Beatlemania”, “Larry the Cable Guy” and “Five” by Design’s Ultra Lounge. February 24 is when Larry the Cable Guy will be at the theater. I will be going with my parents, parents friends and my boyfriend. In December, my mother and grandmother went to see “Melissa Manchester” and they both agreed that she was phenomenal! Some other amazing shows I have seen at the State Theater were, “The Frankenstein Ballet”, “Grease”, and many others.
In 2007, the theater stated offering a classic film series. One Friday night a month, the State Theater shows one of the greatest movies ever made. Some movies to come are, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, “The Heiress”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “E.T.: The Extra- Terrestrial” and “American Graffiti”. There are two showings a day at 2 and 7 P.M.. This would make a great night to go out with your parents or grandparents and see a classic!