State Theatre celebrates 85 years with the "Bootleggers' Ball"

By: Megan Peterson Email
By: Megan Peterson Email

The State Theatre in Eau Claire is celebrating it's 85th birthday with a "Bootleggers' Ball".

When you walk through its doors you'll be taken back in 1926 when the State Theatre first opened. You'll see flapper girls and gangsters, gambling tables, antiques from that era and more.

All day, organizers worked to transform the theatre using feathers, sparkles, silver and antiques.

"It's gonna be quite a luxurious but fun, speak easy. It's definitely not formal and uptight but really a nice, elegant, relaxed atmosphere," Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Ashley Dziuk said.

As they're taken back to the Prohibition Era, party-goers will get money for gambling, hear live music on stage and in the lobby, and let pictures take them back in time.

"It's fun to look at all this stuff and read about it. We've learned a lot about the history too," Executive Director Ben Richgruber said.

“Of course there's gonna be some legal hooch here. We got some whiskey and gin and lots of favorites," Dziuk added.

The "Bootleggers' Ball” is the finale to a successful 85 years, but the State Theatre isn't finished yet.

"We got another 85 ahead of us. Things are looking good. We've had a lot of growth and positive feedback from the community and we're gonna keep doing what they want us to do," Richgruber said.

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