On Thursday 4th August, 19 members of our Probus Group met outside the State Theatre in readiness for our guided tour. We were met by Stuart, our guide, who was a wealth of knowledge and very passionate about the theatre and the arts. He kept us informed and entertained for the next 2 hours, giving us an overview of the theatre’s history. The State Theatre opened its doors in June 1929, owned by Union Theatres. It was to be seen as ‘The Empire’s Greatest Theatre’ and was designed as a picture palace.