Located in Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Zeiterion Theatre is the last old-time theatre in a city that once boasted 17. Ground was broken on March 14, 1922 and on April 2, 1923, New Bedford opened its last new theatre in the city's downtown area- The Zeiterion. Built for the live performance of vaudeville, it opened with Troubles of 1922 starring and written by George Jessel. The theatre did not meet with immediate success and by September 1923 it had closed briefly and reopened that month as the State, a silent movie house.
Five world premieres were held at the State. One notable premiere was the 1956 opening of Moby Dick complete with Gregory Peck in attendance.