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This was originally a concert hall and playhouse known as the Academy of Music, which opened in September 1888. After conversion to a cinema, the name was shortened to Academy Theatre. Situated on the opposite side of Broadway from the Ritz Theatre, Cameo Theatre, and Broadway Theatre, the Academy Theatre catered to Newburgh’s large black community and was listed in Film Daily Year Books as a “Negro Theater”. It played the same movies as the other Newburgh theatres, but considerably later.
The Academy Theatre was destroyed in a fire on February 15, 1956, and its remains demolished. More information about its history and the current status of the site is needed.
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