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State Theatre

19-23 E Fifth St
Tempe AZ

Record #15568  
 Opened: 1909
 Closed: 1940
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 467 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Goodwin Opera House, Tempe Opera House, Menhennet
 Previously operated by: Harkins Theatres

The Goodwin Opera House opened in 1909 as a theater for movies and stage shows. Also referred to as the Tempe Opera House, it was renamed in 1921 to the Menhennet and in 1929 to the State.

In 1933, Dwight "Red" Harkins purchased the State, beginning the Harkins Theatres empire. When he built the College around the corner on Mill Avenue, the State was closed and later demolished and replaced with the new Tempe City Hall.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 10/25/2008.

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