Imperial Theatre

Wappingers Falls, NY

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Imperial Theatre

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The Imperial was a small town theatre that played second run double bills at least into the 1980’s.

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joemasher
joemasher on June 20, 2005 at 3:25 pm

The Imperial, with its huge cursive “IMPERIAL” backlit letters on the facade, was absorbed into the neighboring supermarket. It’s located on Route 9 just south of Poughkeepsie in a shopping center, on the east side of the street. If you look at the supermarket (which I believe is a ShopRite), you can see the outline curved roof of the Imperial. It closed as a twin, but it may have been open as late as 1984-5.

hvsteve1
hvsteve1 on December 9, 2006 at 11:44 am

Wasn’t Shop Rite in the Nine Mall farther north where a Borders and Babys R Us now stands. Big V typically built their Shop Rite stores with the curved roof. The Imperial was, as I recall,in Imperial Plaza where a now empty Treasure Island replaced a Grand Union which was where the theater once stood. While the Imperial may have played second run shows at the end,I think it was a first run house with a 70mm capablity.

Marcel
Marcel on May 14, 2007 at 1:16 pm

The Imperial closed around 1987 when the Poughkeepsie Galleria opened an 8 screen theater and of course South Hills Mall had 8 as well. The Imperial was showing first run movies in ‘87. I have an old copy of the Newburgh Evening News from 2/6/87- they had “From The Hip” and “Crimes Of The Heart”.

teamtruett
teamtruett on March 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm

I saw many disney films on weekends there as a little kid. I believe it was once a 1 screen theatre but was later divided into two. I was lucky to explore it shortly before they tore it down and took a set of sign letters to spell my name. Plus I found some Imperial Theatre letter head. ah the memories. The Grand Union they built in its place wasn’t in business 10 years before it went under.

rodyshusband
rodyshusband on August 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm

teamtruett is correct: the Imperial was a single screen, first run theatre through the ‘80’s. It was known for its huge lobby; a long, long walk from the front door to the actual b.o.; the aud was spacious, with “premium” seating toward the rear (oversized padded chairs, partial recline).
Films I remember seeing here: “Rocky 3”, “The Breakfast Club”, “My Favorite Year”, “Comes A Horseman”, “Arthur”

wlirfan
wlirfan on February 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Would love to see more pictures of this theatre in its prime! Anyone have a shot, please send to … thanks!

Jaywalknyc
Jaywalknyc on June 28, 2013 at 11:21 am

My first job I worked as an usher here from late 60’s into 70’s. Lots of good memories when it was only one big screen. The plush seating was called the Loge and smoking was allowed. I have no pictures. Just lots of memories.

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