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What a beautiful job in restoring the Palace theater.It was well worth it.
Edward C. Klapp opened the Rialto in 1917. It was located at the corner of Market and Grove Streets. In 1933, the Rialto became part of the Schine brothers' chain. The theatre was one of 27 theaters in the United States that premiered â€œDrums Along the Mohawkâ€ in 1939.(This film also debuted in Gloversville – where the Schines lived and had their main offices – Schenectady, Utica and Albany.) Henry Fonda, whose family built the nearby town of Fonda, NY, starred in the film. He made a short appearance when the film premiered here and at the Glove theatre.
What a beautifully unique theatre, inside and out. I am so glad it has been restored and is in use.
Thanks for letting us see the photo, RobertR. It brings back lots of memories.
Excellent photo of the auditorium posted by Warren. The proscenium was very beautiful, too. What a shame this theatre didn’t eventually become a performing arts center. Public transportation is near by, but no parking lot.
I wish the Palace Theatre of Albany, NY would be interested
in having an organ restored to the auditorium.
Any photos of this theatre?
The Toyota car dealership is now occupying the place where the theatre was.
The picture comes from JOHNSTOWN (Images of America) by Lewis G. Decker.Published by Arcadia.
What a beautiful theatre! I am glad it is being maintained so well.
I am glad to know another theatre will be saved and used as a live performance center.
Too bad, Projectionist 44. Maybe an enterprising group with vision will change this in the near future.
It would be wonderful to see this theatre fixed and reopened. It would probably do well if there is parking nearby.
Wishing success to all those involved in trying to saving the Westmont theatre.
Thanks Ken MC for the photos of the theatre. The Aster looked like it was once a nice comfortable theatre.
I am glad to know that the Latonia has been restored. It is important to preserve the beauty of such theatres.
Both spellings are correct. Theatre is a variant of theater. (“theatre” spelling comes from the French)
I recall seeing a revival of MGM’s “The Wizard Of Oz” at the Regency. That was a few years before home videos came out.
Nicely expressed, bkj.
I feel its nice for people to tour and see the different styles of movie palaces such as the Stanley theatre. However, the wonderful experience of seeing a movie and then a stage show is missing. Unfortunately in today’s modern world it has become too expensive to do this. Now with DVD’s, cable and sattlelight tv, that former type of presentation would not have enough of an audience to make it profitable on a regular bases.
While I always went to Radio City Music Hall as a child, I am sorry that I never went to the Center theatre before it was demolished.
I guess the reason was because it was an NBC studio by that time, and my parents never got any tickets for the shows broadcasted there.
Thanks for all the information, Bill. What great memories!
I noticed the statues and many of the orniments(Vases, etc.) on the side were gone. The auditorium’s condition looks very sad. As I mentioned in earlier posts,the religous sector who control the neighborhood will never allow this theatre to be restored. Property is very expensive in this area, and I believe they will eventually rip down this building and put something up that will make a profit.
I thank 55 TBird for letting us see this picture.
Dennis,thanks for sharing your memories.It was well written. Appreciation also goes to John for posting it.
The building on 60th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway was made for Rogers car dealership(who first sold Pontiacs). It was never a theatre.