Goodwill Theatre

32 Willow Street,
Johnson City, NY 13790

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1970 photo courtesy of the History and Memories of The Triple Cities Facebook page.

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Built in 1920, this theatre thrived, two blocks from my home, when I was growing up in the 1950’s and early-1960’s. I remember going there a lot.

In 2010, an ongoing renovation continues to convert the theatre into a perfoming arts venue, which will be revert back to the Goodwill Theatre name.

Contributed by James F. Macumber

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davidplomin
davidplomin on July 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I like Lost Memory’s picture with the marquee from 1987. Looks like a solid structure. I’m a bit confused with their website. The theater is in Johnson City, but they also mention Binghamton, NY. Is that the nearby town that is helping with the renovation?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Binghamton is the largest city in Broome County, and the county seat. The office of Sanford O. Lacey, architect of the Goodwill Theatre, was in Binghamton. Johnson City, despite its name, is classified under New York law as an incorporated village, and is part of the Binghamton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

rluther
rluther on September 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’m working on an article about the Goodwill – would like to hear any comments, memories, interesting stories about the theater. Please email me at: rl(at)nysLandmarks.com.

Treasures of the Tier

bobanddoris
bobanddoris on October 18, 2011 at 6:19 am

My family lived behind the Enjoy Theater on Broad st. In the late 40’s & early 50’s my brother & I would walk to the Enjoy to see our favorite movies like the Lone Ranger & Hop A Long Cassidy. Once I became a teenager my friends & I would be at the Enjoy every Friday night with the expectation of sitting with a boy friend. Hopefully he would dare to put his arm around you. We weren’t the best behaved kids at this point & the usher would shine his light in your face & threaten to throw you out if yhou didn’t straighten up. We had alot of good times at the enjoy & I’m thrilled that it’s being restored. It is a historical land mark in Johnson City.

adamghost
adamghost on February 5, 2013 at 4:11 am

Pretty sure I remember this theatre being open at least into the early ‘70s.

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

It was open into the ‘70’s. There have been alot of articles about the renovations lately, as the asbestos abatement in the main theater has been completed, and volunteers will now be able to start restoration projects. I will be volunteering at some point in the coming year. They have an active Facebook page. I will bring the link.

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

Heres a news story link: http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Putting-some-good-into—213710961.html

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/goodwilltheatre?ref=ts&fref=ts

BillyOK
BillyOK on July 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

The only movies that I remember seeing at the Goodwill, were both Clint Eastwood movies. Dirty Harry and Magnum Force. It had to have been about 1975, because I had just purchased a new car. Went at night and parked out front———-I didn’t see the NO PARKING sign in front of the theatre and when I came out of the, I had a $10 parking ticket on my windshield. The Police Department was next door back in those days!

BillyOK
BillyOK on July 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

The only movies that I remember seeing at the Goodwill, were both Clint Eastwood movies. Dirty Harry and Magnum Force. It had to have been about 1975, because I had just purchased a new car. Went at night and parked out front———-I didn’t see the NO PARKING sign in front of the theatre and when I came out of the, I had a $10 parking ticket on my windshield. The Police Department was next door back in those days!

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