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State Theatre: Downtown Venue for Concerts, Shows, and More

The State Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo [Trisha Dunham / The Index]. The State Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo [Trisha Dunham / The Index].

Amidst the bars and shops of Kalamazoo Mall, the blinking lights of the retro marquee sign reflect off of the band posters in the State Theatre’s windows. While different businesses have come and gone in the Mall area, the State Theatre has remained a constant since 1927.

Over the past 90 plus years, the theater has undergone three major renovations. Originally, the theater played host to big bands, ballets, dramas, dance reviews and operas. Nowadays soloists, rock bands, comedians, and film screenings dominate the venue.

The theater provides an intimate space for viewers with a capacity of 1524 seats. Along with a mezzanine, and balcony, there is also orchestra seating which is often removed to create standing space near the stage.

Concessions are available for guests before and during events. Guests are more than welcome to bring snacks and beverages into the theater. For those of age, there’s a wide selection of draft and bottled beer. The theater supports local businesses by serving not only domestics and imported but also several local brews.

Ticket purchase is made quick and easy through Ticketmaster. Box office hours are also available from 11AM until 6 PM on Friday afternoons.

Annalise Robinson’13 attended the concert at the State Theatre and said, “It was spacious and somehow still intimate and cozy. I remember dancing the entire night away right by the edge of the stage without a single worry.”

Robinson also said that she was looking forward to Tech N9NE in October and has already purchased her tickets.

This fall the theater will host Kathleen Madigan, GHOST, Colbie Caillet, Tech N9NE, and many others. So, if you’re looking for an excuse to get off campus, take a quick hike down the hill into downtown Kalamazoo to see one a favorite or a new artist this fall.

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State Theatre: Downtown Venue for Concerts, Shows, and More