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State Theatre Center for the Arts

Youghiogheny

State Theatre Center for the Arts

State Theatre Center for the Arts

Location Details

PHONE: 724-439-1630 , 800-397-2554
ADDRESS: 27 E. Main St.
Uniontown, PA 15401
HOURS: Phone ahead

Description

When it opened in 1922, the State Theatre was hailed as “the largest, finest, and most beautiful playhouse in Western Pennsylvania.” Designed by nationally known theater architect Thomas Lamb in the 18th-century “Robert Adams” style, the State Theatre exemplified that style’s “refinement of line and chasteness of ornamentation.” Its acoustic planning allowed the Theatre to become a “picture palace,” offering silent films accompanied by a complete, in-house symphony orchestra, as well as vaudeville presentations. The advent of talking pictures removed the need for in-house musicians, followed by television, which eroded the audience for films. The 1970s and 1980s were difficult, a period during which the Theatre searched for a new and viable identity. For a while it was known as the State Music Hall, presenting country-and-western music legends such as Johnny Cash and the Statler Brothers.

In 1988, the Greater Uniontown Heritage Consortium bought the building, restored its original name and began presenting programs once more. In 1998, the group started a major restoration and renovation effort, celebrating the Theatre’s 85th anniversary in 2007. The State Theatre now offers a full schedule of professional productions including Broadway shows, concerts, first-run films, and children’s programs.

The “Grand Old Lady of Main Street” has been restored to her original splendor!

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