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Kalamazoo State Theatre
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Kalamazoo
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Owner description: The State Theatre has been a fixture in downtown Kalamazoo since 1927. The original founder of the theatre was Colonel William Butterfield. John Eberson was the renowned architect who designed the theatre. In line with theatre design conventions of the era, the idea was to create a unique atmospheric effect. The early roots of the theatre were found in the Vaudevillian tradition of performance. Many acts that frequented the State Theatre included opera, dramas, big bands, ballet, dance reviews, stage shows and movies.
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Enjoyed a delightful Christmas Concert. Might have been a sold-out event.

After the event the place was an uncontrolled mass of people with venue staff totally unable to provide a reasonable and safe plan to exit the place.

The act was making themselves available for autographs and through some loss of common sense the merchandise and autograph tables were set-up so half of the lobby was blocked. The portion of the crowd buying merchandise first helped to block the lobby and then they were directed to return against the exiting crowd in order to get to the end of the line for autographs.

Common sense would either place the merchandise and autograph tables in different parts of the theater or use the aisle ways and the open areas by the stage for this type of after event activity.

It's a nice venue but management has to figure out that you can't use that small lobby area as the only place for post concert activities. Rather than lines of people blocking the exit way, lining-up in the aisle of the cleared theater makes common sense and a SAFER PLACE.

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

I remember being dropped off by my mom on a Saturday morning with a couple of buddies as we were heading to the movies on a Saturday. I saw Poesidon Adventure 22 times from a balcony seat at this theater back in 1972! Downtown Kalamazoo was bustling in those days as there were no sterile malls yet. All the big stores were downtown like any other place in America. There were many theaters downtown, all if you can believe it, with only one screen...oh my! But when I was growing up there was only three remaining downtown, the Burdick Street (once known as the Majestic), the Capitol and my favorite, the State! Still in operation today it is the only original surviving theater in downtown Kalamazoo. Built in 1927 by renowned Cinema Palace architect John Eberson, this theater is as majestic as they come. Starry ceilings, ornate statues and a grand balcony all aid in giving this place great charm. Used mostly for smaller concerts and special productions these days, it has a full service bar on the second floor. It was remodeled in 1964 but the charm of Eberson's design was not altered, just new seats, reinforced balcony, etc. Great place to see a concert or your favorite solo artist. Seats approx. 1,500. Occasionally you can catch an old classic movie festival going on there as well.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Went there about a year ago for a concert and was glad I did. Not modern in anyway, but has a very warm feel with great acoustics

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Has variety of musical shows. Have been to several...favorite a while back was Anne Murray. Beautiful architecture in this historical theatre.

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

I've seen many concerts here. Great small venue for any type of show. There's not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are great. And it's a cool looking place too! :)

Thank Eric S
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