The State Theatre is a nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment, located in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin with seating for 1100 people. It was first opened as a vaudeville theatre in 1926, then several years later converted to a movie house that closed in 1982. In 1984 the Theatre was donated to a group of arts-minded community members called the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council to create a center for artistic expression. After a significant renovation it reopened the doors in 1986. It is now used by a number of local performing arts organizations including: Chippewa Valley Symphony, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Chippewa Valley Youth Choirs, Eau Claire Children's Theatre, Valley Gospel Choir and UW - Eau Claire.