The State Theatre, formerly called the Blackstone Theatre Vaudeville House, was purchased by an evangelical pastor three years ago as a venue for Christian entertainment but is now being auctioned due to the threat of foreclosure, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.
The building sustained bullet marks to its marquee and terracotta facade during a June 30, 1934, shootout between Dillinger's gang and police following the robbery of South Bend's Merchants Bank.
The auction of the theater, scheduled for July 16-30, is being handled by NAI The Vaughan Co. of Albuquerque. Bidding will take place online at www.naiglobal.com/powersale.
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