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The Gem Theatre opened on September 23, 1909.
Published in the Randolph Register on September 24, 1909.
The Gem theatre was opened to the public for the first time yesterday afternoon and evening. Manager Rathbone now has one of the prettiest moving picture theatres in western New York and patrons were warm in their praises of the accommodations afforded.
According to this facebook page, the 5 Star Cinemas closed in September of 2011.
It does state that in the description above, although when I added this theatre back on July 13, 2007, I did not include any description for this theatre. I have no idea where the information above came from. When you add theatres to this website, the information can be updated at any time and you have little or no control over it. The person whose name appears above will usually get the blame if the information is wrong even if they didn’t contribute that information. Luckily I keep records of the theatres that I add to this site so I know for a fact that I didn’t submit the information given above.
Here are some theatres that I found that were supposedly operating by 1911. The Princess, Crystal, Grand, Liberty, Majestic, Mammoth, Star and Victoria.
The Crystal and Grand are already listed on CT. I haven’t been able to find addresses or locations for the other theatres. Except for the Grand Theatre, none of these other theatres are listed in the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook.
This pdf file mentions those theatres and also the opera house/Hippodrome. The pdf file also mentions the Elks Theatre which is listed in the 1926 and later editions of the Film Daily Yearbook.
Here is an article about the closing of the Meadows Theatre. Opened in 1970 according to the article.
I’ve heard of stranger things happening so not much surprises me anymore. This webpage states that the Switow Building was “Built in 1914 on the former site of the Crystal Theater”.
The name change from Adelphi to Park took place around 1944. This theatre was still advertising as the Adelphi Theatre in 1943. Ads for the Park Theatre begin to appear in 1944.
The Martina Circuit took over operation of the Adelphi Theatre in 1944.
Published in the Cuba Patriot on February 10, 1944.
A 12th theatre will be added to the Martina Circuit when the Adelphi Theatre at Franklinville comes into its possession on April 1, according to an announcement of Joseph Tantillo of Mt. Morris, made here recently. Purchase of the theatre from Joseph Kelly and Arden D.
Gould, its founder, was completed about two weeks ago.
In addition to the Cuba Theatre here, the chain owns and operates the Playhouse at Clyde, the Rialto at Albion, Nunda Theatre, Star Theatre, Family Theatre at Mt. Morris, Naples Theatre and the Astor at Attica. The Roxy at Mt. Morris is now closed and the chain recently sold
its playhouse at Williamsville.
The opera house mentioned in the above ad is probably the Keller/Palmer Opera House. A 1919 ad for the Keller Opera House is advertising a film titled “Auction of Souls” starring Aurora Mardiganian.
Published in the Randolph Register on July 14, 1916.
New Equipment Purchased by Gem Theatre Management.
William Rathbone, proprietor of the Gem theatre, has purchased one of the latest models of Powers projectors, which will be added to the already complete equipment of the Gem. The new machine will enable tbe management to give a continuous showing of the multitude of reel dramas, with no waits between the several reels. Some of the best features are being shown regularly at the Gem.
The Park Theatre was still advertising movies in April of 1965. The location given for the Adelphi Theatre in 1934 is Elm Street.
Published on April 7, 1965.
Published in the Cuba Patriot on January 23, 1936.
The Cuba Theatre will open on or about Feb. 2, according to an announcement made here Tuesday by Miss Rose Martina, who will manage the theatre for the Martina Circuit.
The opening date is dependent upon completion of extensive alterations to the theatre, including a new air-conditioning system, installation of new projection and sound machines as well as many changes in the arrangement of the theatre, which will increase the seating capacity to nearly 400, with new seats on the main floor.
While bookings for the opening date are still tentative it is expected that Shirley Temple will be shown in “The Littlest Rebel”. The Martina Circuit, through the purchasing power of its nine theatres, expects to be able to secure cancellation of the 30-day protection which Olean playhouses have enjoyed over this territory for years.
Miss Rose Martina, who will manage the Cuba Theatre, has been operating the circuit’s two theatres in Mt Morris, The Family and The Genesee. She was graduated from the University of Rochester in 1931 and did graduate work in law at Syracuse University.
The Peerless Theatre reopened as the Cuba Theatre in February of 1936. It was operated by the Martina Circuit. Location given at that time was Main Street.
According to a 1930 article, the Peerless Theatre had already been operating for 17 years.
Published in the Cuba Patriot on May 29, 1930.
The Peerless Theatre, operated for the past 17 years by J. W. Gross as a silent house, today stands ready to close its doors because of the inroads made in the business by “talkies”. Theatres at Olean, Wellsville, Bolivar, Fillmore and Franklinville have already installed sound equipment and are running seven days a week.
Installation of sound equipment entails an outlay of a considerable sum of money. Mr. Gross has been negotiating with representatives of a company which will shortly be able to furnish him with the latest machine developed, and he stands ready to place an order for the machine, providing the village approves of Sunday shows.
It is expected that It will be late Summer before the equipment can be secured, so great is the demand for it at the present time.
Published on May 30, 1919.
The Hillstreet Theatre opened on March 20, 1922.
Status can be changed to demolished. The current building was built around 1914 replacing the Crystal Theatre.
Kerrigan Theatre 1913.
The Ridglea Theatre opened on December 1, 1950. (check the photo section) This theatre is listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook with 1,500 seats. The architects were H. F. Pettigrew and John A. Worley.
So far, I haven’t found much information about the Criterion Theatre other than it was built around 1921 and it was located on Cherry Street.
The Tudor Theater is listed in a 1922 Atlanta city directory with an address of 87 Peachtree Street.
Will, the Ritz Theatre opened in January of 1928. The organ being installed in 1927 makes sense.
The Rialto Theatre opened in August of 1921. The theatre organ was mentioned in an article about the Rialto Theatre published in the Macon Telegraph on July 31, 1921.
A $20,000 pipe organ has been installed. This organ was bought from the Robert Morton Organ Company of Los Angles, California, and is the first organ to be shipped to an Atlantic port via the Panama Canal. The organ is a reproduction of the instrument that is now in the Howard Theatre, Atlanta.
The organ will be played by Miss Myrtle McGowen, a Wesleyan graduate. Miss McGowen will arrive from Atlanta today to take charge of the instrument. She graduated from the Methodist college in 1898.
Either the trip through the Panama Canal was very expensive, or the newspaper might have exaggerated the price of the organ.
Rialto Theatre 1921.
Carteri Theatre 1925.