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After 5 Years, Portland Theatre 'Tearing Tickets'

PORTLAND, ME (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The State Theatre in Portland, Maine, boarded up for nearly five years, re-opens its doors this Friday.

An extensive, venue-wide restoration of the State was overseen by General Manager Lauren Wayne on behalf of The Bowery Presents, an independent promotion company based in New York City and Alex Crothers of Higher Ground Presents, an independent promoter and a fixture in the New England music scene, in cooperation with landlord Stone Coast Properties.

My Morning Jacket will be the first band to take the refurbished stage at the State Theatre on October 15, a show that has been sold out for weeks.

A full lineup of live performances continues throughout the fall, including an open house and fundraising event for the Portland Music Foundation, featuring performances by local bands, on Sunday, October 17.  That day, at 12:50pm, Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones will officially mark the State Theatre’s return to the community with a “ticket tearing” ceremony, according to the press release.

The renovation of the State Theatre extends throughout, from modernizing the venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting rig, to new seating with improved sightlines and flexible design, allowing for both open dance floor events and reserved seating shows, with the new venue capacity expanded to 1,680.

In addition, the men’s and women’s rooms have been updated and relocated, new carpeting has been installed and the entire theatre has been painted.  Backstage the dressing rooms have been refurbished and new administrative offices have been added. The bars at the State have also been expanded, where a full selection of local brews, wine, spirits and food will be served.

The fall schedule includes:
10/15 – My Morning Jacket
10/16 – moe.
10/17 – State Theatre Open House & Portland Music Foundation Launch
10/22 – Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with special guest The Low Anthem
10/23 – Kansas
10/26 – Goo Goo Dolls
10/27 – Guster
10/30 – Rocky Horror Picture Show with burlesque troop The Dirty Dishes
11/2 – Social Distortion
11/5 – Toots & The Maytals
11/6 – Michael Franti & Spearhead
11/7 – Rusted Root with Assembly of Dust
11/11 – Steven Wright
11/19 – Martin Sexton
11/26 – Sick Puppies
11/27 – State Radio
12/3 – 1930s Night at the State Theatre with a screening of The Wizard of Oz
12/4 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
12/11 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
12/18 – Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers