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Thanks, Joe. Unfortunately, I never got to go inside; I arrived in Syracuse just as it was being torn down.
There’s a picture of the demolition here:
Does anyone know the exact location of the Eckel? It seems to have been on the same block as the Biograph — was that a separate theater, or was the Biograph its final name?
From that picture above, I wouldn’t even have recognized it. I recall more of a classic marquee when I was there in the ‘70s and '80s; unfortunately, for all the times that I saw “Rocky Horror Picture Show” there, I haven’t a single picture of the building.
The Genesee had a certain charm, even in the ‘80s, with that “toothpaste” decor you can see in the photos linked above. What a shame that it was lost, and for no reason.
When originally built, there were some other, smaller theaters nearby — the one at Colonie Center (two screens in a separate building, now gone), and the Fox Colonie. Together, these drew in moviegoers from all over the Capital District. Unfortunately, I don’t think the owners ever put a dime into upkeep, even when they kept splitting it up — the place was ratty fairly early on.