Having had the privilege of working in this beautiful theater last weekend, I thought I'd share a bit with you. The State Theater opened in Cleveland on February 5, 1921, part of what is now known as Playhouse Square, the second-largest theater complex in the United States (second only to New York City's Lincoln Center.)
The five theaters (Palace, State, Ohio, Allen and Hanna) were eventually boarded up by the end of the sixties, as entertainment moved to the suburbs. In the 1970s, a grass-roots effort saved the historic venues from the wrecking ball, restoring and re-opening the theaters one by one.
The lobby of the State Theater is said to be the longest in the world at 320 feet. It contains four 50-foot murals by American Modernist James Daugherty; a fifth mural is by Arnold Englander.
The ceilings are exquisitely detailed.
This was the "backdrop" for the evening's bar. Not bad, eh?
Part of the murals can be glimpsed above the stairs.
Pieter Bouterse Studio created the elegant flowers for the occasion.