Strand Theatre

27 Chenango Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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The Strand Theatre opened in March 1920. It is featured in the special features section of the DVD of “Deep Throat”, where that feature movie debuted. The sign on the facade in the movie said Strand Riviera but the Riviera Theatre is a separate theatre next door.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Here’s a picture of the marquee referred to in the introduction – an unusual case of single marquee serving two separate theaters of very different architectural styles (now removed). The side closest to the Riviera reversed the elements on the Strand side, i.e., “Riviera” was in the white lights on the red background with “Strand” in smaller cut-out letters below, and “Riviera” is on the side of the yellow dividing element pointing away from the viewer:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

If you enter Binghamton on the ACI search engine you will see a couple more photos of the theater.

generalenigma
generalenigma on August 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

In Binghamton’s Mon 7/26 morning Press & Sun-Bulletin, there is a front page article with photo announcing that Matt Thorn & Anna Kovach of the Art Mission Theatre are working on plans & applying for grants to save this wonderful old movie theatre. They are planning on subdividing it into 3 theatre auditoriums on the first floor with the upstairs balcony converted into 2 smaller 75 seat theatres plus additional space to be converted into art galleries & space for local theatre groups. An ambitious plan to be sure but there seems to be a glimmer of hope that this building will be saved. Like the Riviera Theatre (Old Stone Opera House) next door, it saddens me some that there is absolutely no possible way to restore those 2 theatres to the glorious auditoriums they used to be from the utter desolation that has befallen them in the past 40 years … plus the filling of large auditoriums as they used to be is a modern implausability … but the buildings may be saved nonetheless. Good news !!!! Jim Macumber

BILLYBOYOK
BILLYBOYOK on August 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Jim, that sure is great news!

See my post on the Riviera/Stone Opera House. The photo of the inside is incredible. It’s from the book I mentioned.

rluther
rluther on November 9, 2010 at 7:08 am

The Strand will go up for public auction November 23, 2010. Here’s a link to some interior photos I took Nov 6: http://nysLandmarks.com/strand .

Roger

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm

The winning bid for the theater was $22,000 by a real estate firm. There is no indication of what the new owner intends: View link

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on April 14, 2014 at 6:20 am

Here is a link to a Binghamton landmark page with information and photos. http://nyslandmarks.com/treasures/10nov.htm

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on April 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

More information and photos at this link. http://architecturaladvocate.blogspot.com/

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on April 14, 2014 at 6:32 am

Neither theater is being renovated at this time, nor does there seem to be any current intentions.

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