Cinema Endicott

108 East Main Street,
Endicott, NY 13760

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State Theater

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The State Theatre opened in 1939 to serve the West End of Endicott, home of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory. The theatre was built with Art Deco fluorishes in the auditorium, and a deco facade.

Sometime later the theatre was named the Cinema Endicott and presented more upscale film product. Loews was the last operator of this building. It closed in 1993 when Loews opened the Town Square 9 in Vestal, NY. The theatre sat empty for about two years, then was demolished for a drug store.

There was a sign on the side of the building that said “THEATRE OF DISTINCTION” but for the last 5 or 6 years of its life the “F” in “OF” fell off, so it was the “THEATRE O DISTINCTION”.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Doggoneit,daviddwny,what did you expect the marquee to have on it?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Whats was this theatres name when Loews ran it till it closed? Yeah Mike you do not change the marquee if you do not change the movie, did not have to pay to change the marquee one time for 26 weeks at one of my theatres. By the way did you guys get paid extra to change the marquees in your day? Loews paid the doorman most of the time seperate to change to sign.We paid out straight hours for each marquee,each theatre paid out a different amount because of the different size marquees, the Crescent paid the less be cause we only had one signboard.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm

An Eric I have been there too, we showed one movie for 26 weeks at 5 shows a day at one of my theatres thats 910 showings, same movie,same screen,very boring.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

No I never got paid extra to change a marquee at ABC-Plitt,at General Cinema our janitors did it.I loved doing the marquee at National Hills,it was huge as you have seen from Robin’s pictures.Columbia 1 and 2 even had a decent marquee,Hell I would have done for free I loved it so much.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Theres an Art to changing a marquee as I am sure you know, I had a few guys just do it on their own and they would get all the letters out for the new movie without thinking about the letters that were already on the sign and have to carry all the extra letters back to storage that was always good for a laugh.They did better the next time, after I told them to start in the middle they learned how to do it pretty quick.Now back to the Cinema Endicott………..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Ever send a new guy to get the “MARQUEE STRECHER”?

bobc007
bobc007 on December 26, 2010 at 10:06 am

I started as an usher in 1973 in the Washington DC area. We never got paid extra to change the marquee. It was just part of the job. We used cast iron letters that weighed a couple of pounds each. It was great being up there with all of that neon! What a thrill. I’m still in the movie theatre business. Most of it is electronic now. We’ll never see those days again.

Admiral37
Admiral37 on April 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

Back to the Cinema Endicott…it was a great little theatre. I remember going there to see “Cleopatra,” “Thunderball” and also “Annie Hall.”

KateinFLA
KateinFLA on April 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

My Grandparents, Howard and Florence Ammerman owned the Elvin. The Elvin was named for the founders' wives (my grandfather’s first wife).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

In the letter in the trade ad Tinseltoes linked to, the operator of the theater, B. Worth Dittrich, says: “Just nine years ago we were engaged in the construction of the State in Endicott.” As the letter is dated February 18, 1948, the State must have been completed in 1939.

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