Biograph Theatre

214 E. Fayette Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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The Eckel Theater {Biograph}

The Eckel Theatre opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1913 with 1,452 seats. It would later be operated by RKO, then Schine Circuit Inc. who later converted it into a 3-strip Cinerama theatre, reducing the seating capacity to 918.

It was later renamed Biograph Theatre. It was demolished and the site became a parking lot for the church next door.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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RJT70mm on July 10, 2007 at 3:27 pm

George Raaflaub was chief projectionist at the Eckel for many years. When I first started as a projectionist I hung around the booth with George and he’d let me run those magnificent Norelcos.

kencmcintyre on September 9, 2007 at 12:49 am

Here is a 1949 ad from the Post-Standard:

SWFLguy on November 18, 2007 at 12:41 am

Thanks for jogging my memory—it was indeed George Raaflaub. I met him and his wife in Redfield NY where I went fishing with my parents who knew him. The Raaflaub’s had a camp near there and we met at the Ben Lewis house (Falvey’s) for food and drinks. Those were good times.

carljohnson on January 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Does anyone know the exact location of the Eckel? It seems to have been on the same block as the Biograph — was that a separate theater, or was the Biograph its final name?

joemasher on November 14, 2008 at 8:02 pm

The Biograph was the Eckel’s final name. I believe a fire did it in.

carljohnson on November 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Thanks, Joe. Unfortunately, I never got to go inside; I arrived in Syracuse just as it was being torn down.

There’s a picture of the demolition here:

TLSLOEWS on May 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Another one gone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

The October 30, 1912, issue of The American Architect said that the proposed theater on Fayette Street in Syracuse would be operated under a long term lease by the Eckel Company. Plans for the project, by architect C. Merritt Curtis, were almost complete.

dianneA on August 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

My father, Bill Meany was the Projectionish along with George Raaflaub. My father worked there for many many years until he died in 1966. Does anyone remember him? I saw many movies from the projection booth, Ben Hur, My Fair Lady…. I do remember cinerama too

Greenpoint on September 21, 2012 at 4:15 am

Sadly this sort of thing happens…I am a frequent visitor to The Palace and thank heaven that it is still open and operating at its full glory!

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