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(Posted by Francis Rogers, a former projectionist who posted this comment on the Mohawk Theatre page)
The 1866-built Empire Theatre was destroyed by fire in 1912. It was rebuilt and had 1,467 seats and was designed as a full stage theatre. There was an orchestra pit for a 25-member orchestra, dressing rooms on each side of a full stage (three rooms up and three down on each side), foot light pockets, complete stage rigging and a huge lighting control board full of original knife switches. It had motorized red velvet curtains over the screen along with a white “traveller” between the two. The booth had an operational carbon arc follow spot that was used for holiday parties. Later renamed Paramount Theatre. The theatre was demolished in the 1970’s. The lobby can still be seen if one looks carefully for it; it now houses a restaurant.
Prizes, raffles, and tons of cartoons were all on the program. It was the first theatre that I was lucky enough to gain entry into the projection booth so I could begin learning what would become a life long passion.
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