A landmark reborn: The restored, renovated State Theatre to debut soon
St. Petersburg’s newest performing arts venue will most likely debut this spring.
It’s not new, exactly. The State Theatre closed in 2018, a concert hall beset by numerous problems, including fire code violations that significantly reduced its capacity, which severely undercut management’s ability to attract big-name acts.
By then, the State had been in a state of physical (and financial) decline for decades.
Real estate broker Kevin Chadwick then paid $2.1 million for the building at 687 Central Avenue. Chadwick says renovations are just about complete, and the “new” State Theatre might be ready for a late-April opening, as a multi-purpose venue for concerts and other performance events.