Check out the many great attractions in the area that are enjoyed by visitors from around the world.
The State Theatre, an Art Deco gem, opened its doors as the area’s most beautifully appointed movie house on October 27th, 1939. The local paper immediately praised it as “one of the most strikingly beautiful building fronts of the modern day” and prompted one patron to ask “Is this really a Shelby playhouse?”
The State was a typically popular and romanticized small town movie theatre, but in its later years (as The Flick) it encountered the same challenges that befell literally thousands of such film houses. Retail anchor stores moved to the malls along the highway… downtowns dried up and sometimes blew away… cable TV became a more and more dominant force in our lives… you know the story, you’ve seen it happen all over the country.
But thanks to a dedicated team of passionate volunteers, a group called Destination Cleveland County formed from a group of concerned citizens to create a plan for something to help renew this community. Thanks to them, this old movie house has been reborn after having been dark for almost three decades. In this effort the support and faith and vision of the City of Shelby cannot be exaggerated. Sounds like public relations puffery but in this case it’s absolutely true.
Reborn as the Don Gibson Theatre, this 400 seat venue serves primarily as a very intimate concert hall. They bring the best in nationally touring acts, musicians who’ve graced magazine covers, who’ve earned Grammy Awards and Gold Albums and “Best of the Year” Awards… people whose CD’s (and albums) you may already have in your collection. We’ll also very carefully select the newest up-and-coming acts out of Nashville and New York and Austin, acts you may not have heard of yet… but given a chance you will be talking about for months after.
Make a weekend of it with a show and tickets to the Don Gibson Theatre’s partner project, the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South, as well as dinner at a great local restaurant and a visit to Newgrass Brewing Company.