Callicoon Theater

30 Upper Main Street,
Callicoon, NY 12723

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The Callicoon Theater is the oldest continuously operated cinema in Sullivan County, New York.

Built as a movie theater by local lumber yard owner Fred Stark in 1948 in a modified Quonset hut design with laminated beams, the theater originally held 514 seats. Stark built several other theaters in the region, but the only one still in operation is the one in Callicoon, which also had the largest capacity. The Callicoon Theater opened on July 8, 1948 with Peggy Cummins in “Green Grass of Wyoming”. It was operated by the Hardin Theatre chain until 1964.

For several years the theaters were rented; then they were sold. Residents and vacationers from the area’s many boarding houses and resorts filled the seats.

By the 1980’s, attendance was declining; the theater was seasonal. In 1986, the theater was purchased by the current owners. Dolby Digital audio and Xenon projection, more comfortable seating and broader concession offerings were introduced. Air conditioning replaced forced air cooling. But the theater’s historic architectural and interior “country” integrity were retained.

The Callicoon Theater is open year-‘round and, in addition to “move-over” films, with the local arts association sponsors a monthly CineArt film series, while maintaining the lowest admission prices in the region.

Contributed by Jim Kayton

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

kencmcintyre on June 28, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Architect was Lacy & Son. Opened on July 8, 1948.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 9, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Except for the marquee, the Callicoon Theater hasn’t changed much.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Here is a 2007 view of the Callicoon Theater.

markp on September 18, 2008 at 9:02 am

I remember camping on the banks of the delaware river in this town in 1987. I went by this theatre, meant to go in, but never did. If I ever get my camper out and go back up there, I’ll be sure to see it.

kencmcintyre on September 18, 2008 at 9:03 am

Not too many single screen small town theaters left. Go while you can.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 18, 2008 at 9:14 am

This photo is labeled as being in Pennsylvania but the marquee looks like the one for this theater.

SwankyJohn on March 7, 2009 at 10:38 am

I definitely remember this theater. My partner and I had a weekend house in Sullivan County and one of our guilty pleasures was to drive around without a planned destination. We ended up here, meeting the owner and talking about the theater and its history. It’s right on the NY/Pennsylvania border so I guess it’s no surprise about the PA label. I’m glad it’s still around and would love to have a Quonset hut running in San Diego.

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