Star Theatre

144 Main Street,
Dansville, NY 14437

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Star Theatre

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The Star Theatre was built in 1921 and offered vaudeville shows, along with movies. By 1941, it was part of the small Martina Circuit. After a long successful run, the theater closed in 1985 and remained shuttered for over eight years.

Purchased in early 1994, and under renovation for a six month period, the theater finally opened its doors in October 1994, with a menu of first-run movies.

Presently, additional renovations are under way, with the hope of eventually allowing the Star to host live performances.

Contributed by Charles Schmidt

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

richardg
richardg on March 2, 2004 at 3:28 am

The Star Theatre, designed by architect, Louis Pelton, opened its doors on June 4, 1921. The balcony which is really more of a loge has had its seats removed but otherwise is fully intact. The loge is “U” shaped. The sides of the loge extend a considerable distance along the exterior walls and are almost as close to the proscenium as opera boxes would have been if the theatre were built differently. The rear of the loge has very little depth.
I was in the theatre in 2002 and again on February 29, 2004 to see a movie and refresh my memory about the theatre. It’s more ornate than many village theatre and combines a blend of different architectual accents and motifs. Its art deco wall sconces and its neo classical plaster interior go well together.
The theatre supports a reasonable sized 3-sided marquee and a nice size vertical.
Unfortunately, the screen is rather small but still certainly as large or larger than the older multi-plexes or the older plexed single screen theatres. The proscenium certainly provides room for a considerably larger screen and hopefully, some day the Star will get one.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 17, 2008 at 12:57 am

Four 2008 views of the Star Theatre in Dansville. View #1, #2, #3 and #4.

BrucePaddock
BrucePaddock on August 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

This lovely theatre is featured in a patriotic video showing a grandfather taking his grandkids to a documentary about WWII. This theatre is heavily featured and you get a good view of the interior, the balcony and the proscenium. I figured out where it was by doing a search for the word “Star” and the theatre’s telephone number which is shown on marquee. Check it out at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=KTb6qdPu8JE I only wish there were more such videos of the interiors of these old theatres!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

Great little film Bruce,nice shots of the theatre,good find.

Patsy
Patsy on June 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Is the original chandelier still hanging from the ceiling? Will be passing through that town this weekend though won’t have time for a tour enroute to Conesus Lake.

Patsy
Patsy on June 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

And today this theatre opened on June 4th in 1921…90 years ago! Congratulations!

Patsy
Patsy on June 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

Just returned from visiting the Star and can report back that the original chandelier is still hanging from the ceiling in the auditorium! They even had balloons and a birthday cake in the lobby to commemorate the theatre’s opening on this date 90 years ago!

Patsy
Patsy on June 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

And Dansville is the original home of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

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