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Friends of the State Theatre is an organization of volunteers committed to preserving and revitalizing the historic State Theatre of Stoughton, MA for theatre, live entertainment and motion picture presentation for the benefit of the community and the region.

The State Theatre was opened

to the public on December 8,

1927 with much fanfare. For

months, John P. Curley, a

Boston contractor, with his

men and sub-contractors, had

been rushing work on the grand

new edifice, whose beauty was

evident not only on the outside,

but penetrating the high brisk

walls and the spacious granite

frontage into the interior of the

theater. The theatre boasted

comely decorated walls, a

grand proscenium stage, a

modern Estey Pipe Organ for

musical accompaniment, with

all attachments, and the most

comfortable seats available. It

had a model heating plant, with

efficient ventilation, and an

electric sign at the front

entrance. According to

historical schedules, the newly

named “The State Theatre”

would present daily shows and

matinees of both moving

pictures and vaudeville

performances. The State

Theatre was one of the finest

amusements houses in

Southeastern Massachusetts.


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Friends of the State Theatre
Last updated 6-21-2015
John J Stagnone Roberta A Stagnone Peter Schiffer Chris Shannon Steven Wilkinson Pam Carr Adam Dawkins David Asack William Manburg
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Mission Statement
Friends of the State Theatre’s mission incorporates two primary goals: To preserve the historic State Theatre building and its historical and architectural integrity, by revitalizing and restoring the interior, the exterior, and the structural and operational components of the existing theatre. To provide enriching cultural experiences, as well as to aid the redevelopment for the downtown area of Stoughton, through the rebirth of the historic theatre, offering a venue for performing arts, live entertainment and motion picture presentation.  Currently, the theatre has numerous structural and renovation needs. To raise the required funds to preserve this historic landmark, the Friends of the State Theatre is enacting the following action steps: Formed a committee of like-minded citizens to accomplish our goals; Created Friends of the State Theatre Corporation; Applied for and received approval to become a 501 (c) (3), non-profit corporation, effective February 4, 2013 Built a communication platform (website, Facebook, etc.) to engage the community, funders and sponsors; Engage community, social organizations, local government in restoration efforts; Seek funding from business sponsors, NGO’s and any possible grants and run fund-raisers; Develop effective fundraising strategies; and Explore various business models that integrate for profit – and non- profit venues for maximal use of the facility.
If you would like to suport the restoring of the State Theatre, checks can be made out to: Friends of the State Theatre Mailed to: Friends of the State Theatre C/O South Shore Bank 1538 Turnpike St Stoughton MA 02072