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State Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio)

For other uses, see State Theatre (disambiguation).

The KeyBank State Theatre is a theater located at 1519 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is one of the theaters that make up Playhouse Square. It was designed by the noted theater architect Thomas W. Lamb and was built in 1921 by Marcus Loew to be the flagship of the Ohio branch of the Loew's Theatres company.

KeyBank State Theatre
Part of James Daugherty's The Spirit of Drama - Europe, one of four murals in the lobby of the State Theatre
Address1519 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
OwnerPlayhouse Square Center
Capacity3,193
Current usePerforming arts center
Construction
Opened1921
Rebuilt1984
ArchitectThomas W. Lamb
Website
www.playhousesquare.org

Loew's State Theatre, as it was known then, was built in an Italian Renaissance style and was intended to show vaudeville shows and movies. It opened on February 5, 1921, seating 3,400. Because of the desirability of having the theater's marquee on Euclid Avenue, the State Theatre was built at the back of the lot it shares with the Ohio Theatre, but with a 320-foot-long (98 m) series of three lobbies. This was the world's longest lobby serving a single theater, and it contained four huge murals by James Daugherty, entitled The Spirit of Pageantry—Africa, The Spirit of Drama—Europe, The Spirit of Cinema—America, and The Spirit of Fantasy—Asia. The theater was converted for the exhibition of Cinerama in 1967, but, due to financial trouble, closed in early February 1969, along with the rest of the Playhouse Square theaters.

The cover of the February 27, 1970 issue of Life was a two-page pull-out featuring The Spirit of Cinema America, which inspired the creation of the Playhouse Square Association. Two years later in 1972, and again in 1977, both the State and Ohio Theatres were threatened with demolition to build a parking lot, but were saved through public outcry.

In 1973, the newly formed Playhouse Square Foundation obtained a long-term lease for the Palace and State, and Ohio Theatres, and by 1977, the Loew's Building was purchased by Cuyahoga County. Also in 1973, the musical revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opened in the State Theatre's lobby. The revue was expected to run for three weeks, but instead played for two years, making it the "longest-running show in Cleveland history." In 1978, the State was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of Playhouse Square.

Restoration of the theater began in 1979, and was completed in the summer of 1984, after the addition of a $7 million stagehouse. The State Theatre reopened on June 4 of that year, becoming the home of the Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland Opera. With the restoration, seating capacity was reduced to the present 3,193 (1,743 on the orchestra floor including 100 in the orchestra pit, 140 in the loge level, 622 in the mezzanine level, and 578 in the balcony as well as 110 in 12 boxes).[citation needed]

The State Theatre was renamed KeyBank State Theatre in 2017 in honor of a $10 million gift to the Playhouse Square Advancing the Legacy Campaign.

  1. DeMarco, Laura (June 17, 2017). "Playhouse Square receives $10 million gift from KeyBank, adds name to State Theatre". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. Retrieved2017-08-02.
  2. "State Theatre" The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. May 13, 1998. Accessed January 26, 2007.
  3. "Playhouse Square Center" Builders Exchange Magazine. February 2004. Accessed January 26, 2007.
  4. "Magazine Cover". Life. February 27, 1970. Retrieved2017-08-02.
  5. "Playhouse Square" The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. July 1, 1997. Accessed January 26, 2007.
  6. "About PSC" Archived 2007-03-23 at the Wayback Machine Playhouse Square Center. 2003-2005. Accessed January 26, 2007.

Coordinates:41°30′3″N81°40′51″W /41.50083°N 81.68083°W /41.50083; -81.68083

State Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio)
State Theatre Cleveland Ohio Language Watch Edit For other uses see State Theatre disambiguation The KeyBank State Theatre is a theater located at 1519 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland Ohio 1 It is one of the theaters that make up Playhouse Square It was designed by the noted theater architect Thomas W Lamb and was built in 1921 by Marcus Loew to be the flagship of the Ohio branch of the Loew s Theatres company KeyBank State TheatrePart of James Daugherty s The Spirit of Drama Europe one of four murals in the lobby of the State TheatreAddress1519 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Ohio United StatesOwnerPlayhouse Square CenterCapacity3 193Current usePerforming arts centerConstructionOpened1921Rebuilt1984ArchitectThomas W LambWebsitewww wbr playhousesquare wbr org Loew s State Theatre as it was known then was built in an Italian Renaissance style and was intended to show vaudeville shows and movies It opened on February 5 1921 seating 3 400 2 Because of the desirability of having the theater s marquee on Euclid Avenue the State Theatre was built at the back of the lot it shares with the Ohio Theatre but with a 320 foot long 98 m series of three lobbies This was the world s longest lobby serving a single theater 2 and it contained four huge murals by James Daugherty entitled The Spirit of Pageantry Africa The Spirit of Drama Europe The Spirit of Cinema America and The Spirit of Fantasy Asia The theater was converted for the exhibition of Cinerama in 1967 but due to financial trouble closed in early February 1969 along with the rest of the Playhouse Square theaters 2 The cover of the February 27 1970 issue of Life was a two page pull out featuring The Spirit of Cinema America 3 4 which inspired the creation of the Playhouse Square Association 3 Two years later in 1972 and again in 1977 both the State and Ohio Theatres were threatened with demolition to build a parking lot but were saved through public outcry In 1973 the newly formed Playhouse Square Foundation obtained a long term lease for the Palace and State and Ohio Theatres and by 1977 the Loew s Building was purchased by Cuyahoga County 5 Also in 1973 the musical revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opened in the State Theatre s lobby The revue was expected to run for three weeks but instead played for two years 6 making it the longest running show in Cleveland history 2 In 1978 the State was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of Playhouse Square 3 Restoration of the theater began in 1979 3 and was completed in the summer of 1984 after the addition of a 7 million stagehouse The State Theatre reopened on June 4 of that year becoming the home of the Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland Opera 2 With the restoration seating capacity was reduced to the present 3 193 1 743 on the orchestra floor including 100 in the orchestra pit 140 in the loge level 622 in the mezzanine level and 578 in the balcony as well as 110 in 12 boxes citation needed The State Theatre was renamed KeyBank State Theatre in 2017 in honor of a 10 million gift to the Playhouse Square Advancing the Legacy Campaign 1 References Edit a b DeMarco Laura June 17 2017 Playhouse Square receives 10 million gift from KeyBank adds name to State Theatre The Plain Dealer Cleveland Retrieved 2017 08 02 a b c d e State Theatre The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History May 13 1998 Accessed January 26 2007 a b c d Playhouse Square Center Builders Exchange Magazine February 2004 Accessed January 26 2007 Magazine Cover Life February 27 1970 Retrieved 2017 08 02 Playhouse Square The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History July 1 1997 Accessed January 26 2007 About PSC Archived 2007 03 23 at the Wayback Machine Playhouse Square Center 2003 2005 Accessed January 26 2007 Coordinates 41 30 3 N 81 40 51 W 41 50083 N 81 68083 W 41 50083 81 68083 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title State Theatre Cleveland Ohio amp oldid 1026864197, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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