Andrews Theater

Salamanca, NY 14779

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Andrews Theater

The Andrews Theater was opened January 22, 1912. It reopened as a Schine theater in December 1932.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2014 at 1:49 am

On March 15, 1930, architect Victor A. Rigaumont received a copyright for drawings and seven sheets of blueprints for a theater to be built on Main Street in Salamanca, New York, for the Schine enterprises. I wonder if this could have been the Andrews Theatre? The deepening of the economic depression could have accounted for the delay in construction.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm

The Andrews Theatre is listed in the 1914/15 American Motion Picture Directory, so the 1932 date above is either a renovation of an old theatre or a replacement of it with the same name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2015 at 2:17 am

The Andrews Theatre opened in early 1912, as noted in this item from the July 31 issue of The New York Dramatic Mirror:

“Andrews Theatre in Salamanca, N. Y., owned and managed by Max Andrews, built in 1911 and opened Jan. 22, 1912, with ‘The Country Boy,’ has been doing a capacity business since that time. It is furnished throughout with the latest improvements. Gas and electricity are used for lighting. The building is heated by steam and the system of ventilation is of service both Winter and Summer. In addition to fireproof construction, there are fire-escapes and automatic devices to open the doors. The seating capacity of the theatre is about one thousand, and the stage is ample in every respect.”
The 1913-1914 Cahn guide listed the Andrews Theatre as a ground floor house with 911 seats. The 1909-1910 guide lists only a 550-seat Teck Theatre at Salamanca, operated by Max Andrews. The Teck opened in December, 1908, according to an item in the December 25 issue of The Billboard. It appears to have been destroyed by a fire in January, 1910. Perhaps the Andrews Theatre was its replacement.

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