Kalamazoo State Theatre

Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 South Burdick
269-345-6500

About Us:
The State Theatre has been a fixture in downtown Kalamazoo since 1927. The original founder of the theatre was Colonel William Butterfield. John Eberson was the renowned architect who designed the theatre. In line with theatre design conventions of the era, the idea was to create a unique atmospheric effect. The early roots of the theatre were found in the Vaudevillian tradition of performance. Many acts that frequented the State Theatre included opera, dramas, big bands, ballet, dance reviews, stage shows and movies.

The State Theatre was renovated in 1964. These renovations included the removal of the original theatre sign which was beginning to deteriorate with age. It was replaced with a new marquee that is located above what used to be the original box office. These renovations changed the some of the original ornate look and feel of the theatre, but enabled it to continue operating until 1982.

The State Theatre was closed by W.S. Butterfield Theatre Inc. that same year. The closing of such a historic part of Kalamazoo began to mobilize community members. Local arts groups and city officials formed the "Save the State" committee in an effort to preserve the theatre's legacy along with the building. The solution came when the building was purchased in 1985 by the Hinman Company. The purchase bought about further renovation and worked to preserve a part of Kalamazoo's history.

Upcoming Events at Kalamazoo State Theatre

Ben Folds And A Piano

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 8:00pm
Kalamazoo, MI
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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 at 6:30pm
Kalamazoo, MI
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Warren Miller’s Timeless

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at 3:00pm
Kalamazoo, MI
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Warren Miller’s Timeless

Greensky Bluegrass

Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 8:00pm
Kalamazoo, MI
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Greensky Bluegrass

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 8:00pm
Kalamazoo, MI
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Recent News

Kalamazoo State Theatre News - October 16, 2015

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Cake Boss LIVE with Buddy Valastro is Canceled

Cake Boss LIVE with Buddy Valastro on November 17th has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded.  If you purchased tickets at the State Theatre or a Ticketmaster Outlet,…

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Kalamazoo State Theatre News - September 6, 2013

R&B Comedy Explosion with SWV, Carl Thomas, Jay Lamont, Eric D. Steward, Honest John, sounds by DJ Chuck, and host Cocoa BrownReserved Seating $69 VIP, $42 Main Floor, $32 Mezzanine and Front Balcony, $22 Back BalconyVisit our website for more…

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Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Live At Kalamazoo State Theatre

Frank Productions is bringing the mighty Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to Kalamazoo this January!  Fans everywhere rave about the amazing energy in their live shows.  See for yourself this January here at the State.  Date: Sunday,…

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