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Source: Garry Sommer
The State Theater was built into a building that had previously housed an automobile dealership. An angled floor was installed and projection room built into a upper loft section above the front of the building. Movies, plays, concerts, and civic events were held at the State during it's existence.
Into the 70's the interior of the building still had features where you could tell how the theater was set up when the building housed a hardware store.The building had housed a local bar for 25 years or so (early 80's through mid 2000's). By that time renovations to the building interior made recognizing the interior as a former movie house near impossible. The building is currently (2009) empty. There was a former theater in the next block north of the former State Theater building at 11 S. Broadway. The Lincoln/Silver Theater operated from approximately 1911 into the 1920's. It, like the State, was still recognizable as a former theater into the 1970's when an electronics store occupied the building.