Star Theatre

18 Young Street,
Tonawanda, NY 14150

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The Star Theatre was opened in 1941 with a seating capacity for 980, all on a single sloping floor. It was closed in 1973, when it was demolished in the name of urban renewal. According to the 1951 obituary of Leonce Sinay, Paris-born manager of the theatre, it was a Dipson theater.

Contributed by Theodore Hull

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

The original Star Theatre was demolished and replaced by a new building designed for Dipson Theatres by Rochester architect Michael J. DeAngelis. There is an article with a couple of photos in Boxoffice of June 21, 1941.

The article also features the smaller Lake Theatre at Canandaigua, New York, designed by DeAngelis for Schine Theatres at about the same time.

Patsy
Patsy on January 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

According to the link below the Lake nor the Star are listed as theatres designed by Michael DeAngelis so perhaps they should be added to the list. I have interest in the DeAngelis name as he designed my hometown former theatre, Grand/Westfield NY.

http://cinematreasures.org/architects/310/

Patsy
Patsy on January 16, 2010 at 6:41 am

Joe: The Lake Theatre isn’t listed on CT and should perhaps be added. If additional information isn’t available, I’m sure someone will post what they may know.

Patsy
Patsy on January 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Joe: I just viewed the Boxoffice photos and see the art deco interior and the round windows in the art deco front doors which is a repeated theme in many of DeAngelis'theatre designs. Now the list of DeAngelis designed theatres is up to 19…this one and the Lake have been added.

Patsy
Patsy on January 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

Joe: In the Boxoffice article about the Star I can’t seem to find where the smaller Lake is featured perhaps with a photo(s)?

Patsy
Patsy on January 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

Joe: Sorry…see it now. And if you find any other theatres designed by DeAngelis, please advise via

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

The 1941 Boxoffice article with the photos of the Star Theatre can now be seen at this fresh link.

Patsy
Patsy on January 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

Thanks Joe for the 1941 Boxoffice article with photos! The fact that it was designed by Michael DeAnglis and was a grand art deco theatre made it special for me though sad to know learn that it is no longer with us due to those ugly words…urban renewal.

hammerglenn
hammerglenn on December 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

The theater was demolished summer 1973. I went through the rubble and got an original DIRTY HARRY poster!

hammerglenn
hammerglenn on December 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

The last film showed here was the revival of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in 1973.

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