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More State Theatre concerts moved as venue pushes reopening to 2019

The State Theatre will likely be closed until 2019. (Jay Cridlin | Times)
Wednesday 5 September 2018 05.01

Shortly after St. Petersburg's State Theatre was sold in June, the venue announced plans for three new concerts this fall.

Within a matter of weeks, all three have been forced to move to new venues.
First came funk band the Main Squeeze, who moved their Nov. 16 show to the Orpheum in Tampa. Then Andy Grammer's Sept. 28 show moved to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. Then on Tuesday, promoters announced Sebastian Bach had moved his Nov. 3 concert all the way down to the White Buffalo Saloon in Sarasota.

The problem is the extensive renovations needed to get the State fully up and running after months of diminished capacity due to fire code violations, which had previously forced several shows to move out in late 2016.

After a trust managed by his family purchased the State for $2.1 million, Kevin Chadwick said he aimed to restore the historic former movie house to its former glory, and turn it into more of a multi-purpose venue.

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The initial plan was to renovate the State in two parts, with the first ready to go by this month — an "extremely aggressive" timeline, said general manager Kendra Marolf, that proved impossible due to "challenging permitting timelines."

"Because of that, we have had to revise our theatre reopening timeline to reflect the more realistic goal of sometime during the first quarter of 2019," she said. "The silver lining of the extended completion date is that we will be able to present the entire transformation all at once, as opposed to doing it in phases as per the initial plan."

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Construction on the State Theatre has progressed throughout the summer; the marquee already looks a little different. For now, though, there are no concerts on the State Theatre's books for the remainder of 2018.

Tickets purchased for the Main Squeeze, Grammer and Bach shows will be honored at the new venues. Click here, here and here for details.

— Jay Cridlin


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