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Since taking ownership in the Spring of 2009, State Theatre of Ithaca, Inc. has managed to make significant improvements to this building. Some of the major projects include the following:

  • In January 2010, major upgrades were completed to the stage and fly-gallery. A $92,000 rigging project added 13 counterweight line sets to the existing system allowing greater programming options and a more professional production space.
  • A significant portion of the damaged plaster that was highly visible throughout the interior of the theatre was carefully repaired and repainted, helping to bring the theatre back to what it looked like when it first opened in 1928.
  • The entire front entrance, including the plaster ceiling under the marquee, has been renovated, and many other improvements have been made to the lobby, including the repainting of all of the wood beams throughout.
  • A new hand-carved sign was installed above the Box Office, making it easier for out-of-town guests to purchase or pick up their tickets.
  • The installation of four satellite lighting stations have helped the theatre become significantly more energy efficient.
  • The tiny light bulbs in the ceiling of the theatre have been repaired and replaced, so once again the “stars” can come out at night.
  • The lights in the stained glass windows overlooking the lobby were fixed, so it looks like “someone is home” now.
  • An insulated load-in door was added to the stage to seal a major air leak, ensuring an ambient stage temperature during performances and saving significant money on energy.
  • A new handicap accessible drinking fountain was installed, giving all of our patrons access to free drinking water.
  • The floors in both sets of restrooms were replaced, ensuring a safer environment for patrons.
  • The original 1928 poster boards were restored and repainted and now hang on the exterior of our building, beautifully showcasing upcoming performances.

We are so proud of the progress we have made over the past few years and look forward to even more success in the coming seasons. The next big project on the horizon will be especially appreciated by those of who have attended some of our sold-out events – newly designed restrooms! We still need to raise over $200,000 and our goal is to complete this project by the Fall of 2014.



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State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Our mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming.

107 West State Street
(607) 277-8283
Ithaca, NY 14850

Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Closed Mondays!