Clemens Center

207 Clemens Center Parkway,
Elmira, NY 14901

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Clemens Center Powers Theater interior

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Keeney’s Theatre opened December 21, 1925 as a vaudeville and silent movie theater, the opening movie was “The Ten Commandments”. At that time it had 2,600 seats with 1,400 in the orchestra and 1,200 in the balcony. It was equipped with a Marr & Colton organ which was opened by organist S.L. Stambaugh of Chicago. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

It was remodeled in around 1953 for the Dipson chain by architect Michael J. DeAngelis, and was known as the Elmira Theater.

Today, known as the Clemens Center, it is a performing arts center which opened around 1977. There is a history page on the Clemens Center website with more information.

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joemasher
joemasher on August 9, 2006 at 3:20 pm

When this palace closed as a movie house, it was called the Elmira Theatre and was run by the Dipson chain. They replaced it with the Elmira 1-2-3, which opened in 1977 a block away on College St, now closed. The street in front of the original theater was widened, thus the building lost its lobby building and back part of the auditorium. A new front was placed over the wound, and the house reopened as the Clemens Center. The street was renamed Clemens Center Parkway. Entrance is now at the left of the building.

Patsy
Patsy on December 14, 2006 at 4:20 pm

According to Cinema Tour the Elmira Theatre architect was Michael J. Deangelis and the address was 111 College. The Elmira was remodeled around 1953 to accommodate a CinemaScope screen and new seats. If the Clemens was also known as the Elmira and the Keeney’s, then I wonder why it gives different addresses? I would love to see an exterior photo of the Clemens Center.

Patsy
Patsy on December 14, 2006 at 4:23 pm

I just viewed an artist rendering of the Clemens Center and it can’t be what was called the Elmira Theatre at 111 College.

Patsy
Patsy on December 21, 2006 at 7:09 am

Well, that is quite the photo and is certainly the Elmira Theater, the theater in question for so many of us! The 1950’s downtown Elmira map is neat to view, too. Thanks so very very much!

joemasher
joemasher on October 14, 2007 at 2:06 pm

The latest photo is of the front of the building. The demolished the original lobby building, and cut off the very back part of the auditorium. The photo above is the new front that was put on it. The Elmira 1-2-3 on College St. is not this theater. It is a completely separate building that opened about a block away in the 1977.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm

December 19th, 1925 opening article:

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

This reopened as the Elmira theatre on September 26th, 1952. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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