Old State Theater
This charming Art Deco building sits on Washington Street in the East End of Charleston, West Virginia. Built in 1939, this theater entertained the citizens of Charleston until its closing in 1982. The building was vacant for many years and was in a state of disrepair when, in 2005, the WVSSPA restored it for office use.
Backstory and Context
The theater originally had an unpainted red brick facade, but the restoration included a pale yellow paint scheme. There was also major renovations done to the interior once the roof had been repaired. Windows were replaced with salvaged Vitrolite glass panels and a reproduction Art Deco main door, which adds to the overall period appearance of the building.1