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Karen Colizzi Noonan (aka Schine Historian!) will be giving a talk and powerpoint presentation on the history of the Schine Theaters at the Niagara County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner on Thursday October 12. I will be pulling from the archives of the NCHS as well as my personal collection of photos to tell the fascinating story of the Schine Brothers and their chain of independent theaters. Hope to see some of you there!
A bit from YouTube on the closing of the Esquire.
Oh my goodness, that is too precious! Yes, our children do learn by watching us – even the smallest details.
My love affair with historic theaters started when my daughter was in Kindergarten and she absorbed the jargon and minutia like a little sponge. The day we walked into the Stanley Theater in Utica NY and she said, “Hmmm, looks like a Lamb to me”. I just about burst with pride as the theater management looked on in disbelief.
It was probably just a guess on her part, but she guessed right. I knew that she was getting an education that few children receive as she tagged along with me from town to town looking at theaters and meeting fascinating people!
HEADS UP FANS OF THE TRYLON! Theatre Historical Society’s 3rd quarter issue of Marquee will feature a story and photos on the Trylon Theater written by Michael Perlman. This issue should be mailed to the members by the end of November, early December. Non members can reserve a copy now by contacting THS at www.historictheatres.org or better yet, JOIN! and get your own subscription to Marquee!
Heads up fans of the Holland! Theater Historical Society’s next issue of MARQUEE will feature a story of the Holland theater as well as several rarely seen photos of the interior and historical photos. Members should see their copy by the end of the month. Non members can order a copy by going to www.historictheatres.org or better yet, JOIN! so you can get your own subscription to MARQUEE!
Great lnk Ken. It looks more like a land survey photo than an attempt to document the theater itself. What theater enthusiast worth his salt would take a photo that barely shows the facade and all but cuts off the marquee? But… when adequate photo history of a theater does not exist, we get excited about what little we have, eh? I would like to set up a website with those Rochester Schine photos because they really deserve to be seen.
It may be an old article, but it is interesting to see that a publication like Entertainment Weekly might possibly “get it” – that it’s all about the experience, stupid! Of course, we have known that all along, right gang??
What a pity that the photo attached to this theater’s profile has to feature that horrid, mismatched “vintage” marquee. It is only vintage in that it represents a time in our architectural evolution when no thought or consideration was given to the historic nature of the building and the period, flavor or design that the architect intended. Why would anyone slap such an ill-matched marquee style onto a beautiful period building? It was done all the time – but how sad to look back at what was done to these buildings in the name of “modernization”!
Not to change the subject but…. speaking of the Crown Theatres… the chain is historically linked to the Schine Theater chain of old – Dan Crown being the grandson of Myer Schine. So i would expect superior showmanship and attention to patron needs to be the hallmark of the Crown Theatres as they were of the Schine Theaters.
To each his own, Patsy. I shoot on regular old film and get amazing orbs in some all kinds of theaters both restored and derelict. Debunkers and disbelievers are entitled to their opinions, but I choose to believe that in some cases (not all) orbs are friendly contact from “past residents” who are making their presence and their pleasure known to us. I wouldn’t think their “signs” are intended for those who do not wish to accept them! : )
Wow… did you catch all those orbs in that one photo?? “Someone’s” crying out for help – they want their beautiful theater restored and brought back to life!
Once a truly breathtaking Eberson theater with an “outerspace atmospheric” design as seen on the theater’s page on Cinema Treasures. When i spoke with G. David Schine (son of Myer Schine) in the mid 90s, he remembered this theater vividly and described much of the interior ornamentation precisely from memory. He was quite fond of this unique theater.
Despite its dilapidated condition, the beauty and the stunning decor stil s©hines through – one of Eberson’s more over-the-top designs and one of Schine’s most memorable theaters – truly one of a kind!
Thanks Bill. I sent a note to the theater’s email “contact” address too. Will give you a ring when i get back from the Conclave in Boston!
And to all who are “signing off” to travel to Boston, wishing you a safe trip and great times on the THS Conclave. Looking forward to seeing you all again.
I think we should all demand our money back. Oh… wait…. never mind….
Lessons Learned: “Never post to Cinema Treasures before the second cup of coffee on a Sunday morning!”
Of COURSE i know it’s the Strand – however my brain is not sufficiently caffeinated yet. I am looking at your website right now and trying to figure out if i can work it into my travel plans to Buffalo on July 3. Will let you know!
Greetings from a “neighbor” in Geneva NY! I have unconfirmed information that the Cinema Theater in Rochester NY has been in continuous operation since 1914. (But i believe it to be true.) It’s a tiny little cinema that sits across the road from the Highland Diner, another vintage treasure in Rochester. As of last year I know the current owner was trying to sell but i never heard what the upshot was of those talks. (I met with a potential buyer to talk about all the “joys” of owning a movie theater.)
Would love to visit the Lyric some day, you are so close it’s amazing that i haven’t stumbled by already!
Karen Colizzi Noonan, President
Theatre Historical Society
As President of Theatre Historical Society, i would urge anyone who is interested in future tours to check our website for future Conclave information. (www.historictheatres.org) In 2006 we are, as mentioned, in Boston but that tour is now sold out. In 2007 we will be traveling from Milwaukee to Minneapolis and in 2008 we will be in the San Francisco/Oakland area. A decision on 2009 will be made this coming week at our board meeting, but we anticipate being back on the East Coast in the Mid Atlantic region. (Think of a fabulous restoration in PA which will be completed by then!) As soon as the proposal is accepted for the official calendar, I’ll announce it right here!
Karen Colizzi Noonan, President THS
Since the company that owns A & E also owns (among others) The History Channel it would be beneficial to contact the “powers that be” in large numbers to advocate for more exoposure for our historic theaters!
Theater Historical Society assisted with this exciting show – we too wish that it would be released on DVD! If you go to the A & E website there is a place where you can request a program that is not offered for sale. Maybe if enough people do it they will reconsider?
ERD: Any time i have written to Gov Pataki’s office (in my role as President of Theatre Historical Society AND as a resident of the State of New York) i have always gotten a prompt acknowledgement but a detailed reply from Commissioner Bernadette Castro who heads up the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. (And odd pairing at best!)
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHiPO, as we call it) is sometimes painted as the “bad guy” but i know for a fact that a few of their staffers are really into historic theaters and have gone the extra mile to give advice and oversight when one comes on their radar screen.
I think that encouragement could be brought to the Palace management and Commissioner Castro to replace this missing piece of the grand old theater. If, as Tom says above, the one at the museum is not adequate, an investigation should be undertaken to see if a workable proposal can be put forth to the powers that be.
Mike, i am surprised to hear about the organs owned by the NYS Museum. Any idea where they came from? The State has been very generous to the Palace and it seems to be a supported project for Senate Leader Joe Bruno and Gov Pataki too. I wouldn’t think it would take a whole lot of persuasion to arrange for the loan or even the deacession the organ from the Museum to the theater. Too bad i’m 3+ hrs away – i’d get involved in the project! (Because i am despirately in need of ANOTHER project to get myself involved in! HA!!)
Gee… this sounds like a challenge that would catch the interest of any Theater Organ group in the area! It would be wonderful to be able to enjoy silent film and theater organ concerts at this beautiful old theater. There must be an ATOS chapter out there just itching to start a huge new project!
You would want to contact Ronn Koerper at 419-668-1641. As far as i know there are a couple of interested parties but they are still rolling along as usual. It is a treasure of a theater – well kept for its age and size, loaded with great deco architectural elements. One of my all time favorite Schine Theaters! (Oh wait… they’re ALL my favorites!)
You might want to call:
3426 Burnett Avenue
Syracuse NY 13206
He is currently constructing a marquee for the Hamilton Theater in Hamilton NY and we hope to have him work on the Capitol Theater in Rome NY soon. He replicated the blade sign on the Palace in Syracuse and it looks better than new.
Hey there Rochester Pete: I have photos of most of the Schine theaters in Rochester (exteriors – just a few interiors) from the 30s if anyone is interested. They are originals that were given to me by a former Schine general manager. Email me for details.