The State Theatre will reopen this fall, according to an announcement we just received. (It's in full below.)
Brief answers to the questions we know you have:
1) No shows are booked as of yet.
2) Renovations are continuing. Most of them are infrastructural at the moment, but there will be cosmetic ones coming in a few months - including a rebuilt stage, new green and dressing rooms, a new sound system, upgraded bars, and a new seating configuration (including a general admission no-seats pit!).
Okay, let's take a moment and breathe, everyone. The Press Herald today reports that the owner of the State Theatre "hopes the 81-year-old theater will be hosting shows within the year." The Associated Press took a version of that story, and the Boston Herald went nuts, saying it "could be reopened within year."
There's no news in either story.
The other day we here at the Phoenix got an e-mail about the State Theatre from Roy Ghim, who hosts Liberation By Sound on WMPG, with a tale of, as he described it, how something that "was initially a scoop turned out to be a non-story." Nevertheless, he sent it our way, no longer as a scoop, but rather "as a tragicomedy." Here's what he had to say: