Trenton theaters of the past are included among the more interesting local history subjects. From the earliest years of vaudeville at the Taylor Opera House in the 19th and early 20th century, to the beautiful and ornate theaters that once graced the city of Trenton, there are myriads of fascinating stories to bring to light. The graphic above is an example. I would bet that only the true local theater historians would know that Trenton once hosted the Thropp theater. It only existed for a short time. It was located in the 200 block of East State Street (211). It was replaced by the State Theater and in the 1950's was demolished in order to make room for the new Nevius Voorhees store. There is one yet to be uncovered bit of history regarding this story. The Thropp replaced the old 1903 State Street Theater, and after the Thropp went belly up, the State Theater took its place. This will require some additional research and as time allows, I will dig it up eventually.
HI TOM... I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW KIND WORDS ABOUT THE STATE THEATRE. TO BEGIN WITH THEY HAD THREE FLOORS, WE CALLED THE THIRD FLOOR, HEAVEN. IT COST 10 CENTS AND GAVE ALL OF US POOR PEOPLE A CHANCE TO WATCH FIRST CLASS ACTS THAT WE COULD AFFORD. THEY HAD AN OUTSTANDING SHOWMAN CALLED LEWIS MACK AND HE PUT ON DIFFERENT SHOWS EACH WEEK, IN ADDITION TO A FEATURE PICTURE. I RECALL ONE WEEK WHEN HE HAD ON YOUNG TERRY, THE BOXER WHO WAS COMING UP IN THE RANKINGS AND CALLED THE SHOW, THE TRENTON BUZZ SAW. ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORS ON MOTT ST. PLAYED IN THE BAND THAT PERFORMED FOR THE ACTS. BEST REGARDS.