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State Theater's future will include movies
By Andrew McGinn
Thursday, December 13, 2007
SPRINGFIELD — It's a place that's inspired as many hopes and dreams as a classic Hollywood movie.
But just like the movies, most of them turn out to be just an illusion.
After all, in his 12 years of owning the State Theater, Jim Lagos has had several tenants, "and lots of people with ideas."
One of only two surviving downtown movie theaters, the State officially is vacant again.
The other theater, the Regent, is just now beginning the slow march toward renovation with a new roof after 15 years of sitting empty.
But the State — while it needs work, too — at least has had activity going on inside.
The last tenant, the New Hope World Mission church, held a poker tournament but not much else as it waited for a bingo license. The license application was rejected in October, according to the state, because New Hope's charitable status couldn't be proven.
"We're still open to ideas and suggestions," Lagos said.
Lifelong Springfielder Larry Coressel has a better idea — one that takes the 80-year-old State back to its roots.
"Springfield is in a position right now to be artistically visionary," Coressel explained. "There is an atmosphere to the State Theater. That spirit lends itself to this artistic, out-there experience."
He could be on to something — more than 120 people attended his screening of the 1922 vampire film "Nosferatu" at the State in October.
Coressel, who works as morning host of the Dayton classical station WDPR-FM (88.1), has been given the OK to schedule more silent films, all of which will be accompanied by his music ensemble Equinox.
Next up is another pioneering horror film, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," at 8 p.m. March 28-29.
"People will come to see even these obscure films because it's at the State Theater," he said. "The atmosphere helps tell the story."
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