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RgrDgr commented about Elmwood Theatre on Dec 22, 2003 at 3:22 pm

According to a local 1951 newspaper article, the Elmwood theatre was built between 1920 and 1921 by Harry C. Morse “ a noted Keuka Lake steamboat captain and famed for catching a lake trout on his nose as a youngster”. (!) on the site of the fromer Shearman Hotel…“Contractor for the tearing down of the old Shearman house (a favorite stopover for Vaudeville folks in it’s hey-dey) and for the building of the new Elmwood theatre was Charles Kelley. Architects were Lembert and Sons of Rochester. Upon the death of Mr. Morse in 1936, the theatre was purchased by Wells Jewett and operated in cooperation with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Harry C. Morse,
the widow of the veteran movie show manager. In October, 1936, the Schine Theatrical Company added the Elmwood to it’s chain.” The theatre eventually came into possession of Countrywide Theaters, Inc. which eventually closed it circa 1971. After that a pair of local attorneys bought the property and indeed did convert it to an indoor tennis court. I went by the site today and the building is now entirely razed.