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State Theatre announces first performance


The State Theatre on Fifth Street remains under construction on Jan. 9, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 19, 2019

After repeated delays, the State Theatre is scheduled to host its first event on Jan. 26.

The announcement that Cosmic Charlie — a Grateful Dead Tribute band would play the venue came riday through an Uptown Greenville news release designed in a question-and-answer format with owners Mark Thompson and Pat Dickenson. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

The announcement comes the same day the building received a temporary certificate of occupancy from the City of Greenville’s building inspections department. The temporary certifications shows that all life safety matters have passed inspections,  chief building inspector Less Everett said.

Thompson and Dickenson, who own Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, said they became involved in the State Theatre project because they wanted to open another venue in eastern North Carolina. Greenville was once a great market for live music, having venues such as The Attic and Peasants. They said they saw a need for a live music venue and the theater will be a great venue local, regional, national, and international touring acts.

They named it State Theatre because that’s what the building’s name was from 1930 until 1971. The theater is slated to create 30 jobs.

CommunitySmith purchased the 104-year old building from the city in September 2016 and the contract said it would be converted to a live music and performance center by March 31.

A grace period of 120 days was part of the contract but in expired during the summer. City Manager Ann Wall announced in early August that the city was collecting a fine of $100 a day for failing to meet its deadline.

As of early January a fine of $16,500 had been billed.

To learn more about State Theatre and its upcoming shows, visit www.statetheatrenc.com.