Tusten Theatre

210 Bridge Street,
Narrowsburg, NY 12764

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Opened in October 1938, this was a conversion of the Community House and fire station, by the Harden Theatres chain. It opened as the Park Theatre.

This was a typical small town movie theater in Narrowsburg, NY in Sullivan County until the 1964, when it was closed as a movie theatre. It had a good clientele in the summer months. I don’t even know if it was open in the winter. We used to go to see the shows on our nights off from Ten Mile River Scout Camps nearby. It was a small non-descript theater that shared a building with the Narrowsburg Fire department and often you’d hear the fire engines. It was located adjacent to the main line of the Erie RR and train noise was also a factor. Great fun! As this area has gentrified, the building is now used for concerts and operas and is known as the Tusten Theatre.

Contributed by Karl Bernstein

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 18, 2005 at 9:22 pm

The address that I found for this theater is 210 Bridge St.

Louella
Louella on October 23, 2005 at 10:43 am

>From Bernie L.
> Back in the 30’s before the “Park Theatre” merited a name, its primary use was as the town firehall. When they wanted to show a film, they rode the fire engine out into the street and parked it.
>From Bernie L.
> Back in the 30’s before the “Park Theatre” merited a name, its primary use was as the town firehall. When they wanted to show a film, they rode the fire engine out into the street and parked it. Which is maybe how the theatre later got its name (I don’t know of any park nearby). Anyhow, they then set up rows of folding chairs, and when it was dark enough, started the film. We didn’t get to see many movies in the ‘Burg, perhaps one or two per summer. The most memorable one for me was “Earthquake” with Clark Gable. Just at the moment that the earthquake hit San Francisco, a two-enngine Erie freight train came by, shaking the building,drowning out any dialogue and giving us much more realistic local effects than did the sound track,(From my friend Bernie L.)
Karl B.

Nyce475
Nyce475 on January 22, 2006 at 11:12 pm

I too worked at Ten Mile River and never did get into the theatre, despite everytime i wanted to the schedule didnt match the hectic schedule of a busy Camp Program Director… :)

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