Cinema Endicott

108 East Main Street,
Endicott, NY 13760

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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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

The State’s auditorium was featured in this 1948 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

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).

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.”

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.

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

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

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 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 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.

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.

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

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

chericyl
chericyl on July 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I worked at the Cinema Endicott from 1990-1993. In fact I helped close the theater on its final night. If memory serves me correctly the final film shown was “The Joy Luck Club”. I kept the movie one-sheet from the final performance as a memento but unfortunately over the years it got water damage and it was eventually ruined.

One of my other obscure memories from my time working there was having “Dances with Wolves” run at the theater for 26 weeks! A half a year… one screen… one movie.

The Cinema Endicott was truly a classical single-screen theater from a bygone era. I have great memories of it as a both a patron and later as an employee.

jkellam
jkellam on January 29, 2010 at 9:05 am

the neighboring theater was the Elvin, owned and operated by the Ammerman family, torn down in the early 60’s to make way for a bank.

BILLYBOYOK
BILLYBOYOK on March 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I used to live in Endicott in the 50’s and 60’s.
I believe that Ben Hur opened there to great fanfare in the late 50’s. They had spotlights and all the Marques proclaiming it’s opening.
There also was another theatre nearby???
I can’t remember the name?

DavidWallick
DavidWallick on November 26, 2006 at 3:51 pm

I believe the site is now a chain drug store or the parking lot for a chain drug store — I’m not sure that is what the neighborhood needed. I remember this as a nice single screener. I remember when “An Officer and A Gentleman” played here for 5 months straight — every day the marque said the same thing when I passed by.

jskellam
jskellam on July 28, 2005 at 6:38 am

I grew up around the corner from the State Theater and remember when it was renovated for CinemaScope. The screen was touted as being 40 feet wide, the six track magnetic stereo was as close to surround as the 50’s could come, and a glittery sign stretched over the box office proclaiming, “Acclaimed one of the nation’s most outstanding theaters for CinemaScope."
The original marquee was a work of art, with five alternating lighting cycles: neon only, incandescent bulbs only, neon only, bulbs "running,” and then neon and running bulbs together.

In the mid-60’s the theater reduced the size of the screen, moved the lobby into a former store front, offered foreign films and demi-tasse coffee, and changed its name to “Cinema.” That art house phase didn’t last long, and the theater went second run.