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Thanks Warren for that information about when Al Jolson performed. Doing three or four theaters per day may account for him not making it to 1952. Tom Halstead
When I moved to NYC, from Schenectady, in 1958 I attened Bryant High School. I remember in January of 1960, my senior year, I used to go to this theater with my friend Tom Trivisone after we took Regents exams. It was a pleasant way to relax after the tension of studying for and takeing these exams. I belive one of the movie we saw during that month was “Operation Petticoat” with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. I remember the theater being very spacious and well maintained compared to the Deluxe which was closer to me on Roosevelt Ave and 62 Street. I am glad to hear that one part of the theater is still left, namely the pitch of the parking lot.
I’m sure you saw Al Jolson perform. However, Al died on October 23, 1950 based on a google search I did. You must have seen him in 1950 or before.
Thanks Joe for that info. When I have driven down State Street it appeared that the theaters might have still been there because the Marquee and the arcade were still there. Unfortunately they have gone the way of so many theaters.
I grew up in Schenectady during the late ‘40’s and into the 1950’s. I remember there were four main theaters in downtown Schenectady. The Plaza, which I believe was the newest and the one that I liked the most, Proctors or is it Proctor’s, the State and the Eire. The Plaza was demolished I think in the 1970’s. The State and the Eire were located in an arcade and I believe the building is still there. Does anyone know what these theaters are being used for today? I moved to New York City in the late 50’s but I visit Schenectady often. I remember seeing “La Cage au Faux” in 1986 at Proctors(Proctor’s) and was very impressed on how nicely it had been restored. Proctors (Proctor’s) was also located in an arcade. I remember the arcade had shops in it such as Van Curler Music Store and Carl’s Department Store. Does anyone remember some of the other stores in this arcade? I would love to hear other peoples recollections of Schenectady and its theaters.