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The State Theatre
The State Theatre first opened in November, 1927, and was the flagship of the Chakeres Amusement Company. Founded in 1911 by Phil Chakeres, the still-functioning circuit grew to an eventual 80 screens in Ohio, and started with the 150-seat Princess in Springfield. The State's architect was Charles Dawley, working from a design by John Eberson. The auditorium might be described as semi-atmospheric, with castle walls decor but an ornamented ceiling with eight crystal chandeliers. The State was never sub-divided and operated until 1990. The State has since reopened and is now used for live theater as well as screenings of silent movies.
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Darell Young
2:31 AM on March 14, 2011 
Used to go to State Theater Saturday children matinees in late '50's. Wonderful times.