The State Theatre opened on November 8, 1929, and was designed in a semi-atmospheric/Spanish style with an original seating capacity of 2,300. It operated as a first run movie house until the late 1960s, when it became a porn theatre. In 1989, the theatre was closed and fell into disrepair. By the mid-1990s, the theatre was saved and restored. It closed for a brief time after its restoration and was reopened by new owners as a performing arts and concert venue. Then it closed in 2006. Major repair work occurred during 2010, and the newly renovated State Theatre was reopened in October 2010.
Two photos above by the Portland Press Herald.
Photo above by the Portland Monthly.
The State Theatre, October 17, 2010, is shown during its recent open house event.
Photos (two above and all below) by Loren Coleman, with an iPhone.
(Although there were many visitors, I avoided capturing images with people in them, as much as possible.)