The State Theater, or as we call it now…

Stateside at the Paramount, run by the same organization as it’s older brother, The Paramount Theatre, was built in 1935 by the Interstate Theater Circuit as Austin’s first from-the-ground-up movie house.  It remained in service until the early 1970s.  Since then, the State has been home to several theater companies, and is now emerging as a multi-discipline venue, booking live music, theatrical performances, comedy and of course movies, now shown in HD digital.

Sign.jpgLobby.jpgStage View.jpgAcoustic set-up, closer.jpgAcoustic set-up, from row g, ctr.jpghalf-stage rock set-up, from corner.jpghalf-stage rock set-up.jpgSE corner of stage, looking out 2.jpgSW corner toward stage.jpg

I’ve had the opportunity to photograph the State a few times recently.  Here are a few samples of what will become a body of work chronicling Stateside at the Paramount’s rebirth and evolution into one of Downtown Austin’s newest destination venues.

 

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