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spectrum commented about Park Theatre on Dec 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

There is a new retail building on the site – this is demolished.

spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Dec 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

This has been demolished. Modern commercial builsings on the site.

spectrum commented about Capitol Theatre on Dec 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Nothing there but a parking lot accopuring to google photos.

spectrum commented about Sidney Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Their webpage is up at They got new management in 2009 and dropped all their punk shows. However, they haven’t updated the webpage since 2009.

spectrum commented about Sorg Opera House on Dec 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

The exterior has some ugly blue corrogated metal siding on the adjacent storefronts, and the rest of the front is dark from years of pollution. Badly needs a restoration but otherwise looks structurally sound and original. If restored, it would look fantastic!

According to an article (, it switched to movies in 1915 and back to stage in 1985. The second balcony was hidden above the false ceiling (not sure when this happened). No web page listed and they don’t indicate what their uusual events are but in summer 2009 they had a two-week period of classic movies.

spectrum commented about Center Mayfield Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

The Google views are inconclusive now – can’t really see what is written on the marquee but it looks probably vacant. I don’t think the video store ever occupied the auditorium and from the air the roof looks in terrible shape – with holes clearly showing. It’s a big wide auditorium so I think the 1,200 seat figure is accurate. Maybe it had been cut to 600 later when it was triplexed.

spectrum commented about Shaker Square Cinemas on Dec 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

According to the weblink in the second comment at top, the Shaker Square was renovated in 1999.

spectrum commented about Schine Holland Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

The website is back and running! They have also re-opened and are holding concerts and performances while they continue the restoration.

spectrum commented about Majestic Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Nothing there but a parking lot now (sigh)

spectrum commented about State Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

re: Check 1231’s photo link from 12/22/2009. Isn’t that Olender’s building facade (across the street) the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen? Looks like a 40 foot by 70 foot sheet of faded gray-green sheet metal with a few silver squares attached to it. Who would ever want to cover the front of their department store with that – unless they wanted to drive themselves out of business?? Compare that with the classy building just to the left. Who would you do business with?? I just don’t understand 60’s architecture.

spectrum commented about Strand Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This was actually on State Street (Main is a very short street in a residential area). But all indications from google photos are that the Proctor’s is the only theater remaining on State St. Looks demolished.

spectrum commented about Strand Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Their new website is at

It has a good photo gallery – and looks like theylve began major renovations and are closed during this.

spectrum commented about Paramount Center for the Arts on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

They have completed some additional major renovations 2007-2010, including recreating original ceiling morals, replastering and repainting the walls and decorative featuures, new carpeting, refurbished seats, lobby renovations.

spectrum commented about Oneonta Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Their website is up, at

spectrum commented about Ritz Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Well, theyove reopened while the restoration continues. They have concerts taking place and their website is

spectrum commented about Paramount Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Their website is at:

Fancy website, they’re already accepting bookings for parties and events and taking employment applications, although no events are listed yet on their calendar. Don’t knoew what their exact status at present. But the video linked above showed they were repairing and recreationg plaster ornamentations (Described as Egyptian in style), and also that the lobby apparently had been painted completely white at one time.

spectrum commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Can’t find anything in the google views that looks anything remotely like the picture postcard; either the Palace was razed long ago or the building modified beyond recognition.

spectrum commented about Queens Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

This will be the 2nd location of the rapidly growing All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle Church, which has outgrown its original home in Jamaica. Their website is
(Click on “one church, two buildings” for a rendering of the renovated building).

The rendering shows that they will be keeping most of the original ornamentation, although now painted white. A new marquee with the upcurve in the middle is reminiscent of some marquees of the 1920s.

No indication on what kind of interior modifications will be done – has anyone been inside to see if it’s actually being gutted, or what the condition was prior to renovation? They indicated a fall 2010 opening, which obviously has passed, but it will probably be opening before too long.

spectrum commented about RKO Quad on Dec 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

This is practically across the street from the Proctor’s. Narrow lobby, then turn 45 degrees to the right, the auditorium is set at a diagonal. At the Proctor’s, you’d enter and go straight back and then go to the right into the auditorium.

spectrum commented about Shea's Niagara Theater on Dec 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

From the front there is a retail business in the store frontage – the narrow theatre entrance is made over, has a very small door as well as a closed garage-style entrance. No signs to indicate what is inside but the building is in very good shape.

spectrum commented about Oxford Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm

The theater is demolished – nothing but an empty lot now.

spectrum commented about Adams Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

This has quite a long lobby back to the auditorium which stretches from Halsey Street to Treat Place. The lobby looks like it has a clothing store.

spectrum commented about RKO Proctor's Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

From the google aerial photos the roof looks in very bad shape. If someone’s going to do something to save the building they better do it soon!

spectrum commented about Stanley Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The Stanley Theatre in Newark ( is a virtual replica of the Stanley in Jersey City, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (1,949 seats). The lobby is not an exact reaplica but is similar in style and fully atmospheric. That Stanley is also a church.

Some more videos:

nine minute video tour + slide show with history & restoration:
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spectrum commented about Stanley Theatre on Dec 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Their official website is at:

They have some good photos too – looks like the church is doing very well!