Erie Theatre

277 State Street,
Schenectady, NY 12305

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Proctor’s Theatre was opened prior to 1914. In December 1926 it was closed due to the new Proctor’s Theatre opening at 432 State Street. It reopened in April 1927 as the Wedgeway Theatre. In September 1930 it was renamed Erie Theatre. The Erie Theatre was located adjacent to the State Theatre.

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joemasher
joemasher on March 28, 2007 at 3:54 am

The Erie was the original Proctor’s. The ‘new’ Proctor’s, around the corner on State St. replaced it in 1926. At that time, it became the Erie, and was later named the Wedgeway. It was adjacent to the State, but not attached to it.

joemasher
joemasher on March 28, 2007 at 3:55 am

I forgot to add that the Erie/Wedgeway was located behind the State’s stagehouse on Erie Boulevard, not State St.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2007 at 6:46 am

This is listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory as Proctor’s Theatre, State Street, Schenectady, NY.

The 1941 Film Daily Yearbook has it listed as the Erie Theater, 1,104 seats and the same in the 1943 edition, but listed as ‘Closed’. The 1950 edition of F.D.Y. gives the Erie Theater an address;277 State Street with a seating capacity of 1,172.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

According to research in the Gazette newspaper, this operated as Proctor’s right up until the New Proctor’s opened in December, 1926. The old theatre then closed for renovation and re-opened in April, 1927 as the Wedgeway, presenting two or three day bookings of touring stage plays and musicals. In May, the Wedgeway switched to first-run movies, some presented as reserved seat roadshows. In September, 1930, the Wedgeway was re-named the Erie Theatre, which remained until closure.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on November 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

This has the same address as the former State Theatre.

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