Cinema East 2

Erie Boulevard East,
Dewitt, NY

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The Mini One opened in the early 70’s, by Carroll’s Development Corporation. It was their prototype for a manager operated, fully automated theater. The booth ran 6000' reels with an automatic changeover, so no projectionist was necessary. The small lobby held the box office and small candy stand. The auditorium had a large screen, and the wide house’s seats were arranged in continental style.

The name was changed by the 80’s to the Cinema East 2, because it was next door to the original Cinema East. In it’s last few years, the theater was used as an art house by Loews. It remained open for a short time after the Cinema East, next door, closed.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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exit
exit on July 7, 2007 at 8:02 am

The company built a very similar cinema in Oswego, same color scheme and layout – but a little bigger, the booth/lobby wall wasn’t curved like the Mini 1, and the Oswego Cinema had no screen curtain.

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on July 7, 2007 at 1:38 pm

The Mini One was originally equipped for 16mm. They had two projectors and two prints. While one print was running the other was being rewound by the projector running in reverse. I stopped in and saw the operation. They were running “the Chairman” with Gregory Peck. That was in 1969. After a couple of years they replaced the 16’s with Cinemeccanica V4’s. Until it closed the house always had a union manager projectionist.
Bob Throop

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 13, 2010 at 12:54 am

A Union Manager Projectionist.I always thought Management and Unions were seperate,At least at the Theatres I worked at.Find something new everyday on CT.

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