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State Theatre, Bay City

Historic paint analysis and interpretation by the John Canning & Co. defined the original colors and finishes of the 1930 redesign of the State Theatre in Bay City, Michigan, setting the scope of work for their reinstatement.


Location: Bay City, MI
Built: 1908 & 1930
Architect: Charles Howard Crane
Style: Art Deco & Mayan Revival


State Theatre
State Theatre

The John Canning & Co. was the consultant and specialty contractor for the decoration restoration to the 1930 style of the State Theatre of Bay City, MI.

John Canning & Co. performed a historic paint analysis and plaster conditions analysis to reveal the original earthy sandstone color.

In 1930, the 1908 vaudeville theatre was reconfigured as a movie theatre receiving a major redesign, inside and out, by architect Charles Howard Crane.

Crane combined the popular styles of Art Deco and Mayan Revival to create a façade and interior that resembled a Mayan pyramid.

This is one of the projects discussed in this video of some of the Theatre projects John Canning & Co. has worked on.