413 W. State Street,
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The Ithaca Theater opened in November 6, 1940 with “Moon Over Miami”. Designed by local architects Stanley Perez and Ed Crumm, the theater became the most intimate and comfortable of the city’s downtown houses.
The two-story Art Moderne facade in tinted sand-colored stone supported an off-centered triangular marquee with green neon tubing and black letters on white opal glass. Coral drapes and brown wainscoating covered the front lobby. The latter led to an attractive auditorium with two flowing aisles and three sloping banks of seats, accommodating 600 patrons. There was no balcony. Red and blue drapes, sidewall lighting, and gold and red carpeting drew the eye to an ample, nicely masked, gently curved screen. On June 27, 1981 the theater was twinned awkwardly, with a straight wall bisecting the auditorium and seats angled uncomfortably toward that wall.
In the late-1980’s and early-1990’s, the theater closed periodically and reopened under new managements, at least once as a techno nightclub. Currently it serves as a warehouse for Bishop’s Furniture and Garden Center.
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