When the State Theater opened its doors in 1942, it presented the movie "The Fleet's In," starring Dorothy Lamour and William Holden. At the time of the opening of the State, there were two other movie theaters located in downtown Elizabethtown. Once the State opened it quickly became the premier movie house in the downtown area.
The State Theater operated for 40 years and finally closed its doors in 1982 with its last movie showing of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. After several years, the city of Elizabethtown purchased the building and put funding in for a full renovation and restoration of the theater. The Elizabethtown Tourism Commission also helped substantially in the revitalization efforts. The "Grand Reopening" occurred in April of 2009.
Today, the Historic State Theater Complex is the cornerstone of downtown Elizabethtown. The State is now home to classic movie showings, concerts, live comedy shows, live theater productions, lectures, and more. Along with the restoration and usage of the main theater, the State Theater complex is also a full rental facility for the community. There is an attached banquet room perfect for wedding receptions, corporate luncheons, and black tie affairs.
- Description The Historic State Theater offers two rental venues to fit any personal or corporate meeting need. The Wesbanco Gallery is a 3,400 square foot room that offers a full kitchen, drop down projection screen, and internet accessibility. It holds 185 people with tables and chairs, and 300 without tables. A portable stage is also available. The State Theater holds 650 patrons and the large theater screen can be used for private movie viewings, or the Theater can be rented for live stage performances. Historic State Theater is located at 209 West Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown 270-234-8258
- Reception Capacity 300
- Banquet Capacity 185
- Number of Rooms 3