State Theater

A charming, old fashioned theater in the Adirondack Mountains

The State Theater was originally opened in July, 1914 under a different name, the Palace. Silent films were shown along with vaudeville acts. 

The present owner, Sally Strasser, has many years in show business, and bought the theater in 2004. Since then the theater has been twinned and renovated–every year, a new project is done, and it’s a work in progress! In 2013 the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign raised fund to purchase new digital projectors with 3D, along with new sound systems. 

The State prides itself on  being a “non-multiplex” theater…with many of the old fashioned theater details saved. It’s a charming and friendly theater with very moderate prices…just like the theater experience was many years ago.

At a glance
  • In the mid-1930s, the theater was taken over by the Schine movie circuit. Schine renovated the facade, inside, and also added sound to the projection booth. These projectors were still installed and used until the 1970’s. The silent projectors which had been modified for sound projection were donated to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake by the present owner of the theater.
  • In the 1970’s, the theater closed. Rumor was that there was water damage from a fire next door.

  • A group called “Project Pride” began to renovate the theater and ready it to open again for the community. It took several years but they stabilized the building, spruced it up, and had a grand opening in 1982. There is a plaque inside the theater listing many names of people who were involved with this project.