I can understand the dilemma for the owners of State Theatre. On the one hand it is historic, the architecture, the artwork, the whole look and feel is very 1921, the year it was built.
According to Wikipedia it was at one time state of the art. It used to have a glass stage to allow amazing lighting effects, and the original air conditioning system was highly advanced for its time.
Sadly, today it does not meet the needs of the modern audience. The air conditioning isn't that great. The show I went to see the sound system was too quiet and too treble which is annoying if you are going to see a stand up comedian. Although I think that was more incompetent calibration than the quality of the system.
I was sitting fairly near the front, and the seats were ridiculously cramped. And no I am not the kind of person who needs a seatbelt extension on the plane.
From my perspective the enjoyment of seeing the early last century charm of this venue is spoiled when I am sitting in an uncomfortable seat far too close to the seats around me.