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Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details www.historictheatres.org
The profile of this theater used in our Marquee magazine story was taken from this site as written by Bryan Krefft. MANY thanks, Bryan, for providing such a great succinct history of the Regent for the Marquee readers!
My sincere apologies — NO implication was intended Don!
I simply meant that if anyone who reads this would like to support the Schine restoration and purchase postcards for themselves they can contact that email address, which is for one of the Save Our Schine team members. Now that i re-read my post i realize it was not specific that it invited anyone who wants a copy to contact SOS. Since there is no mechanism to edit posts, please allow this to stand as a correction and clarification.
When i said “all entities work together” I meant the long-standing internal struggle in the City of Auburn that has stymied this project for close to 2 decades now. Thank you so much for showcasing this excellent photo of the Schine’s heyday – people would not recognize it today from this stunning photo. It needs much love and MUCH care.
This is one of my all time favorite theaters and i would love more than anything in the world to see it reopened and in all its glory once again. I appreciate your taking the opportunity to share it with the Cinema Treasures audience. – Karen
Stunning, isn’t it?! And it can be again… if all entities could just work together.
Please remember that this postcard is available from the Save Our Schine organization as a FUND RAISER. Please don’t download and/or copy for distribution. Copies can be purchased by contacting
Just a reminder, that website is at http://www.thehollandtheatre.org/
Be sure to check out the interior photos at http://www.thehollandtheatre.org/insidelook.html to see just what makes this theater truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! There isn’t another one like it anywhere in the world. What a wonderful distinction for the folks of Bellefontaine!
Wishing all the best to Casey and Amy and the Strand Theater from all of us at Theatre Historical Society!
Well, I am sorry to say that in 2010 the building does not look any better.
I can only hope that the plywood covering the entrance doors is there for protection and not because the Deco doors are missing.
I had a wonderful visit with Sally and Bunny at the Rivoli on Monday, November 16, 2010. This darling little theater has a lot of heart and I look forward to returning one day soon to see the restored marquee light up the night sky!
Photos taken November 15, 2010 at the Oneonta Theater. It was great to meet Tom the owner and supporters Julie and Patrice.
As President of Theatre Historical Society, I am thrilled to be visiting the Rivoli next week! Really looking forward to meeting the crew there and taking photographs for inclusion in the THS archive.
We lose another Eberson creation. We can’t save them all, but it sure would be nice to try! I will be in Albany on Friday and will swing by to take a few demo files for the Theatre Historical Society archive file. Would rather be taking grand re-opening photos, however…
I have an original lobby standee ad for this film, it’s a tombstone that says “Here lies the body of Grimby Quill. He went to see House on Haunted Hill” From the Lockport Schine theater.
Ahhh the glorious marquee! Notice the smaller RKO stained glass medallion on the corner of the marquee? Two of those were in the Foley collection. One resides proudly in the ESTMIM museum and one in my home as one of the prized items in my personal Schine collection. This photo is mounted on the wall next to it.
The RKO Keith Theater was proudly part of the Schine Chain at one time. Many artifacts from the theater were acquired by Jim Foley, a Syracuse collector when it was demolished. Jim displayed these items along with countless other theater artifacts in his home museum until his death. At that time, the Foley family entrusted me to sort, catalog and disburse the items as i saw appropriate.
Many of the RKO Keith items are now residing at the aforementioned Empire State Theatre & Musical Instrument Museum located in the Art & Home Center building on the New York State Fairgrounds. That building also proudly houses the pipe organ that was rescued just ahead of demolition by the ESTMIM gang. Organ concerts are given regularly and the museum room is always open during intermission.
The organ and museum are also an unlikely but highly attended attraction during the yearly State Fair! Young and old make it a point to visit each year with the major draw being the player piano. The ESTMIM members generously allow anyone whose feet will reach the pedals to select a roll and pump away at their favorite song.
And of course I must add that this was part of the Schine Chain, at one time!
This theater is now in use by a small church. The marquee is still up. The church leaders were very nice and let me come in and take lots of photos as they worked on sprucing up the interior. There really wasn’t much to photograph since the theater has been badly altered over the years. It was never as opulent as the Schine Geneva Theater on Seneca Street but had a look all of its own.
Can anyone speak to the interior condition of the theater? Photos?
From today’s CITIZEN –
New group tries to polish up Schine
AUBURN â€" Shirley Martinez remembers going to see movies at the Schine Theater when she was a child, and from the candy counter to the restrooms in the basement where you could weigh yourself on a scale for a penny, the details remain etched in her memory today, years after the theater closed down.
Martinez, of Auburn, and about 15 others have started a new group called Citizens for Schine and the Betterment of Downtown Auburn, Inc. that is now focusing on cleaning up the historic Schine Theater in an attempt to make it safer and possibly someday restored.
â€œWe need to do something,â€ she said. â€œIf we can do something with it for the community, it would be for the better.â€
The group has its work cut out for it.
Over time, the South Street buildingâ€\s art deco facade has grown dirty and the back of the building has been vandalized and used as a repository for garbage, car tires, dead trees and a shopping cart. Martinez pointed out that not only is the building becoming unsightly, but itâ€\s also becoming dangerous.
â€œIf there was ever a fire, it would be bad,â€ she said.
In addition to a fire hazard, the rubble also creates a place for unseen mischief, Martinez said.
The group incorporated in March, said chair Peter Ruzicka, of Auburn. Members started cleaning a couple weeks ago. They removed some of the garbage out from behind the theater and also gave some attention to the buildingâ€\s facade.
Martinez said the city has agreed to pick up the trash from the cleanup effort as long as itâ€\s bagged properly, while a few Vietnam War veterans have volunteered to take away some larger pieces of rubble, such as broken pallets.
â€œWeâ€\re trying to do it as best we can,â€ she said. â€œItâ€\s going to take time.â€
Both Martinez and Ruzicka said it will be awhile before the group can begin work inside the theater due to asbestos that is in the ceiling. Weeding, removing trash and cleaning the outside of the windows and doors will have to suffice for now.
â€œWe want to start outside and move in,â€ Martinez said.
Daniel Waters said working outside and being visible raises awareness, shows that someone is devoting time to the Schine and may interest community members in joining the cause.
Martinez said the new group hopes to work alongside the Cayuga County Arts Council, which owns the Schine, to restore the once-magnificent theater, built in 1938.
â€œBoth of our groups want to work together,â€ she said. â€œWe want to be a force with a force.â€
The Citizens for Schine have just been accepted as members of the arts council, Martinez added.
Ruzicka said he heard from the arts council that, should the theaterâ€\s rehabilitation go well, the Schine may become a multi-use facility with 1,000 seats.
â€œItâ€\s the biggest part of the contemporary history of Auburn,â€ he said.
Staff writer Kelly Voll can be reached at 282-2239 or