Biograph Theatre

214 E. Fayette Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Eckel Theatre Syracuse NY Entrance

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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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!

DavidZornig on December 28, 2019 at 1:51 am

Link with history and Cinerama photos.

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