The State Theater has been an architectural treasure of downtown Johnstown since it was built in 1926. It originally had about 1,700 seats, and presented vaudeville shows and movies under a 62,000-piece glass prism chandelier.
Like so many other icons of Johnstown’s past, the State Theatre eventually closed, but it was not demolished. In a redevelopment effort of the 1960’s it was absorbed into the Lee Hospital Complex.
Today, a 400-seat section of a balcony remains, and now a 28-million dollar effort is underway to make to revitalize the theatre and transform it into a modern entertainment venue and magnet drawing visitors into downtown Johnstown. Initial visions for the building include screening rooms, performing arts stage, classrooms for the arts, recording studio, luxury lodging suites and a 1920s-style speakeasy with a jazz stage and cigar bar.
Join us at the Gallery at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 16, for an informal look at the exciting future of this classic building, presented by Eric Reighard, Executive Director of the State Theatre Revitalization. This is a free presentation, sure to intrigue anyone who loves our hometown. No reservations are needed.
And if you love ghosts and all things haunted, Eric will also give us a preview of the “The 31 days of Halloween,” to be staged at the State Theatre, beginning in October. Plan to be with us!