Easton once had many theaters and vaudeville houses, but only the State Theater remains. Its oldest section, on Northampton Street, is a fragment of an 1896 bank building that, except for the facade, was demolished in 1910 to make way for the 500-seat Neumeyer Theater, a vaudeville house that also featured a movie screen. The Neumeyer was demolished in turn in 1925 and replaced with the $400,000, 1,950-seat State Theater; once again the bank facade was retained. Like other buildings from the movie theater's golden age, the interior of the State was an exotic architectural fantasy, an attempt to re-create “an atmosphere of Old Spain after the Davanzanti [ sic] Palace in Florence,” as Philadelphia architect Lee explained. After years of neglect, a 1990 renovation returned the State to its original glory.
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