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State Theatre Fact Sheet

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Location: 1519 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
41° 30' 3" N, 81° 40' 51" W
Purpose: Designed for movies and vaudeville.
Architect: Thomas Lamb
Construction Date: 1920 (Fleishman Construction Co., New York)
Owner / Manager: Loew's Ohio Theaters

A partnership made up of Cleveland real estate developer, Joseph Laronge, two men named Strong and Desberg, and Marcus Loew.

The State was the flagship theater for Loew's Theaters in Ohio, and was the last of Loew's theaters to be opened by Marcus Loew himself.
Architectural Style: Described as Italian Renaissance, it actually combines Roman, Greek, and European Baroque designs.
Opened / Closed: Opened - February 5, 1921
Closed - February 2, 1969
Reopened - June 9, 1984
Cost: Original - $2 million
Restored Lobbies - $3 million
New Stagehouse -$7 million
Seating Capacity: Original - 3400
Restored – 3098
1994 - 3198
Covering the orchestra pit for certain performances allowed 100 temporary seats to be added to the main floor.