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State Theatre

2001 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
233 S State St
Ann Arbor MI 48104
(734) 668-8397

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Record #4113  
 Opened: March 18, 1942
Capacity: 460 seats
Architect(s): C Howard Crane; Louis Wiltse
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
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 Previously operated by: Butterfield Theatres

The Butterfield circuit opened the State on March 18, 1942.

The State was fitted for CinemaScope in 1953, with a screen measuring 43 feet wide. Architect Louis Wiltse remodeled the theater in 1979, converting it into a four-screen theater at a cost of $110,000. Two screens were located on the main floor and two screens on the upper level.

Kerasotes purchased the theater in 1984. They caused quite a stir when they fired the 10 union projectionists at the State and the nearby Campus and Wayside theaters with just one day's notice. Community members and union members picketed the theater for over six months, to no avail.

The theater closed in 1989 and was purchased by Hogarth Management, who restored the vertical marquee and gutted the lower auditorium for retail use. The upper auditoriums were reopened in 1992 as an independent second-run theater.

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July 2001 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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