Clemens Center

207 Clemens Center Parkway,
Elmira, NY 14901

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rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 10:46 pm

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

rivest266 on April 15, 2017 at 9:13 pm

December 19th, 1925 opening article:

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joemasher on October 14, 2007 at 10:06 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.

Patsy on December 21, 2006 at 3:09 pm

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!

Patsy on December 15, 2006 at 12:23 am

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 on December 15, 2006 at 12:20 am

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.

joemasher on August 9, 2006 at 11:20 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.