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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BILLYBOYOK on April 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Are there ANY plans to save this once great theatre??!!!

C'mon Johnson City, site of my High School Graduation—————-LET’S GET ON THE BALL AND TRY TO SAVE THIS STRUCTURE!!

Once it’s gone, you will lose YET another piece of your once proud history!!!!!!!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 24, 2010 at 5:17 am

The architect of the Goodwill Theatre was Sanford O. Lacey, then a partner in the firm of Lacey, Schenck, & Cummings. The Goodwill Theatre was built in 1920, and was designed in the Georgian Revival style (a subset of the Colonial Revival style.)

Although the house operated for decades as the Enjoy Theatre, it is now under renovation as part of a project that will include three performance halls as well as other arts facilities, all to be operated by The Goodwill Theatre Inc. (official web site.)

So far, the only performance space in operation appears to be the Firehouse Stage, located (of course) the the town’s former firehouse, at the other end of the block from the Goodwill Theatre. I can’t find anything on the web site about how the renovation is proceding, or when the theater might be expected to open.

davidplomin on July 21, 2011 at 12:56 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 2:02 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 on September 4, 2011 at 6:46 am

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)

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bobanddoris on October 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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 on February 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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

lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 2:49 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 on February 25, 2014 at 3:16 am

Heres a news story link:—213710961.html

lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 3:56 am


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