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Thanks for jogging my memory—it was indeed George Raaflaub. I met him and his wife in Redfield NY where I went fishing with my parents who knew him. The Raaflaub’s had a camp near there and we met at the Ben Lewis house (Falvey’s) for food and drinks. Those were good times.
I’ll never forget the cool decor of that theater. My parents took us there to see a few movies back in the late 1940’s-early 1950’s. There really was nothing elsae like it.
I think this is the place where I snuck in to see Spartacus. It was the summer 1962 and I was
working at the Syracuse Boy scout Camp at Sabattis. Went there with a couple of guys on my work crew when we had a day off. We walked in—no one was at the ticket booth and watched the movie.
I saw many movies there back in the day. I remember the photos of all the MGM stars posted along the walls near the entrance. Was there ever a more ornate place built in Syracuse ? RKO Keiths and the Paramount were the closest competition. Great times.
One of the first—if not the first big new drive-in movie to open in the Syracuse area. I remember it had a cascading waterfall at the entrance. A classy place when it opened !
Now those were theaters ! I have great memories of going to places like RKO Keith’s to see
a movie or two !!
My family went to the Palace Theater many times back in the 1950’s.
One of the great neighborhood cinemas that I believe is still operating.
I remember going to a few “foreign films” at the Eckel. I also saw a couple Cinerama films there.
My family knew the guy who was the projectionist there for years—cannot recall his name.
The Eckel was one of the hidden gems of the downtown Syracuse cinema scene.