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Historic State Theater

  • 209 W. Dixie Ave.
  • Elizabethtown, KY 42701
  • (270) 234-8258

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 however, it quickly became the premier movie house in the downtown area.

The State Theater operated for 40 years and finally closed its doors 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. In addition, The State Theater complex is also home to the Hardin County Playhouse that has a black box style theater with a seating capacity of 116 that is used for small live productions.

Meeting Facility

  • Number of Rooms: 3
  • Banquet Capacity: 185
  • Reception Capacity: 300

The Historic State Theater offers three rental venues to fit any personal or corporate meeting need. The Your Community Bank 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. The Plum Alley Theater is the area’s finest “black-box” style theater, with a large stage, sound and light booth and tiered seating for 125 guests. The Historic State Theater is located at 209 West Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown 270-234-8258