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ByBill DeYoung 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

James Bennett An aging, chalk-white building sits at 687 Central Ave. The architectural influences of the facade exaggerate the building’s age and give the impression that its original architects lived simultaneously in 19th century France and 1920s New York. Reliefs of bronze-painted eagles hover just outside the building’s ornamental buttresses, glass bricks on either side of the doors blur the interior and neon

By Jay Cridlin ST. PETERSBURG — The State Theatre has been saved. After months of renovations and capacity problems due to a series of fire code violations, the popular concert venue at 687 Central Ave. was sold Tuesday to a family trust run by St. Petersburg real estate broker Kevin Chadwick. https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/St-Petersburg-s-State-Theatre-saved-in-2-1-million-deal-_169492067/

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