The State Theatre has been a fixture in downtown Kalamazoo since 1927. In line with theatre design conventions of the era, the idea was to create a unique atmospheric effect.
The State was renovated in 1964 and 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, which bought about further renovation and preserved a part of Kalamazoo's history.