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SchineHistorian commented about Know someone who can refurbish marquees and ticket booths? on May 20, 2006 at 8:02 am

You might want to call:

Ted Kunzi
Neon Glassworks
3426 Burnett Avenue
Syracuse NY 13206
315-414-0442

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.

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SchineHistorian commented about Loew's Rochester Theater on Apr 22, 2006 at 3:06 am

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.

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SchineHistorian commented about Melrose Theatre on Apr 22, 2006 at 2:43 am

Wow Ken, I had never heard of another Rigaumont theater other than the Geneva and Ithaca theaters. Little is heard of Victor Rigaumont after he worked on the Schine Geneva. He and Myer Schine were often “at odds” – which is probably too mild a term for their disagreements!

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SchineHistorian commented about Glove Theater on Apr 22, 2006 at 2:38 am

Good point ERD! As to the Schine family, they are scattered to the four winds and no longer live in Gloversville. I think it is commendable that, although the chain flouished and grew to be the largest independent chain of its time, the brothers felt a duty to remain in Gloversville. The first generation is, of course, gone. The second generation is also, sadly, dwindling. The third generation has a keen interest in the history of their family, but sadly due to some internal family struggles, there isn’t a lot of information for them. The brothers were very close and were very family oriented. It is unfortunate that their families fractured after their deaths. The 3rd generation seems intent on reconnecting and learning all they can about the wonderful theaters and later the equally glamorous luxury hotels that the Schine Enterprises operated.

The bottom line is, the Schine Brothers and their enterprises were responsible for many smiles and good times throughout the northeast from 1916 through 1966. The fond memories of their former employees and patrons will last a lifetime – as the stories are told and retold over the years.

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SchineHistorian commented about Smith Opera House on Apr 22, 2006 at 2:19 am

Yes, Patsy, the Lockport theater is indeed one of them. I’ve heard of one in Delaware too. Anyone else know of others?

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SchineHistorian commented about Smith Opera House on Apr 15, 2006 at 7:27 am

Patsy: I will try to get in touch with Karen Noonan, but i hear she can be hard to get hold of (hehehehe)! And as to the wonderful old Schine marquee, it was replaced in the late 60s or early 70s in a misguided attempt to “modernize” the facade. The replacement was a horribly, ugly triangular set up. While it is true that the change may have coincided with the dissolution of the Schine chain, many theaters simple removed or modified the Schine name on the marquee. Some actually retained the marquee and we know of at least two that still say “Schine” to this day.

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SchineHistorian commented about Smith Opera House on Apr 15, 2006 at 4:13 am

Actually Patsy, that is not stained glass. It is a beautifully detailed wrought iron inset. I’ve been in that room so have been able to see it up close. Also, it was removed when the facade was worked on and it sat on the floor of the mezzanine for a few months. Got a chance to really look at it then.

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SchineHistorian commented about Smell-O-Vision making a comeback? on Apr 15, 2006 at 3:58 am

Wow, i laughed out loud when i heard this “breaking news” on one of the entertainment shows. I guess the old saying is true: Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it"! Hey, there’s a whole generation who never had the… pleasure?… of Smell-O-Vision. We kind of owe it to them, hunh?