State Theater being torn down.
The Andrew Mason Lees Building on the site of the State Film Theater in May 2012. Nothing whatsoever remains.
— photograph courtesy of Jackie Chambers Rudnick 20120524
The State Film Theater much earlier…
Vitaphone and Movietone — Talking Pictures — Talking Comedy and Vitaphone Vodvil Acts
In 1925-26, film was technologically revolutionized with the formation of the Vitaphone Company (a subsidiary created by Warner Bros. and Western Electric). Warner Bros. launched sound and talking pictures, with Bell Telephone Laboratory researchers, by developing a revolutionary synchronized sound system called Vitaphone (a short-lived sound-on-disc process developed in 1925 that quickly became obsolete by 1931). This process allowed sound to be recorded on a phonograph record that was electronically linked and synchronized with the film projector.
In 1926, William Fox of the Fox Film Corporation responded to Warners’ success with its own similar and competing, advanced Movietone system – the first commercially successful sound-on-film process developed in conjunction with General Electric. It added a ‘soundtrack’ directly onto the strip of film and would eventually become the predominant sound technology.
The other major film studios (Paramount, Loew’s, First National and UA) realized the expensive and challenging ramifications of the sound revolution that was dawning, and that talkie films would be the wave of the future. In May 1928, to avoid an inevitable patent war, they signed an agreement with Western Electric to analyze the competing sound systems within the next year and jointly choose a single, standardized sound system.
The State Film Theater seen from outside.
Now Showing ‘Cimarron’
Richard Dix in Edna Ferber’s Colossal ‘Cimarron’
Astounding Edna Ferber’s Cimarron with Richard Dix.
The full official tag line for this film was “Edna Ferber’s Mighty Novel Becomes The Towering Colossus Of The Films !”
Note the name three times in letters in the air on wires!
The Gopher Film Theatre, 116 East Howard Street, Hibbing, MN 55746 in 1946.
Duel in the Sun (nicknamed “Lust in the Dust”) is a Technicolor 1946 western directed by King Vidor, produced and written by David O. Selznick. It tells the story of a Mestiza (half-Native American) girl who goes to live with her Anglo relatives, becoming involved in prejudice and forbidden love.
The Gopher Film Theatre. 434 seats.
The Gopher Film Theatre, detail of the stage.
Homer Film Theater, 1st Avenue, Hibbing.
Opened 1925. Edelstein owned from 1945. Late in its life the name was changed to the Pix.
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