New Grand Theatre

20 N. Market Street,
Johnstown, NY 12095

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This was the largest theatre between Syracuse and Albany, New York at the turn of the century. It had a large proscenium arch of 40 feet and a tremendous 40 by 64 foot stage. It was able to maintain over twenty sets of scenery. It opened in October 1889. Mainly used for shows, it did occasionally show movies.

Sadly, this magnificant showplace was torn down around 1930.

Contributed by ERD

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teecee
teecee on September 1, 2005 at 11:04 pm

As the New Grand showed “Cardigan” on 9/8/1922 as part of the 150th anniversary celebration for Tryon County.

ERD
ERD on September 2, 2005 at 1:17 am

It seems a shame that Johnstown, which calls itself “Historic Johnstown,” allowed such a treasure to be destroyed.

ERD
ERD on October 17, 2005 at 11:38 am

New Grand (formely Johnstown Opera House)theatre was on North Market street, but was not at 20 North Market street- that was the address 0f Smalley’s(Johnstown) theatre. (An older theatre, called the Grand was on the same location as Smalley’s until it was destroyed in a fire in 1828) Perhaps some member can find out the correct full address of the New Grand theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

A History of Fulton County published in 1892 says that the Johnstown Opera House was designed by architect Leon H. Lempert.

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