Sunday, November 29, 2009

Portland Monthly on the State Theatre

Portland Magazine looks into the situation with the State Theatre. And no, it is not encouraging.
"Its decline from grand-dame cinema status to that of a smut-film street mistress and the rocky road to its current dormancy is one of the more tragic stories rattling its chains along Congress Street. Built in 1929, it operated as a first-run movie house until the 1960s, when it became a porn theater, closing in 1989."
"Promoter Lauren Wayne, who presented countless concerts here for producer Live Nation, confidently states, 'In order for the State to be successful you need to have three things: money, an astute business sense, and a working knowledge of concert promotion and marketing. If you only have one or two of those things, you’re going to fail. You need all three.'”
- tip Hillytown