Temple Theater

114-16 East Seneca Street,
Ithaca, NY 14850

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adkemp
adkemp on July 3, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I’m working with Historic Ithaca to restore the ticket booth of the Temple Theatre and am very interested in this theatre in general. If you have any memories or memorabilia from the theatre, please let me know! I’d love to hear more stories and see any photos or other materials you have. Thanks!

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[Deleted] on May 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm

There is a four rank Link theater organ in a workers safety museum in Dortmund, Germany. I e-mailed the museum inquiring about this instrument. According to the person who replied, this particular instrument was originally used in the Temple Theater. It was removed at some point and used in a nearby Methodist church from 1935-1960, then purchased by an individual who had it until 1992. This person then sold it to the museum. It is demonstrated on a regular basis to museum visitors.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on March 16, 2005 at 9:26 pm

Paul: I never understood how or why the grungy Temple trumped the beautiful State or Strand in booking the biggest-budget films of the early ‘70s. Perhaps because it was small, it could count on showing the films for long runs even as audiences diminished during those runs.

One of the first films I saw there was the truly awful “Love Story,” in which an early scene depicts a Cornell-Harvard hockey game at Cornell. The audience went predictably wild, not the least because the campus used for filming was clearly not Cornell. After that scene, the film went downhill quickly.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on March 12, 2005 at 4:39 am

During the fifties, when I attended Cornell, the Temple presented most of the foreign-langage films that were released, and shortly after their New York City openings. The poor sightlines made reading subtitles very difficult.