Medina Theatre

607 Main Street,
Medina, NY 14103

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Ticket Stub, Dipson's Diana Theatre, Medina, NY

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Originally opened as the Allen Theatre. It was purchased by Warner Bros. in the 1930’s and rebuilt, reopening in 1938 as the New Diana Theatre. It was later operated by Schine Theatres and Dipson Theatres. Closed in the 1960’s, the building became a restaurant, then a nightclub, which closed around 2002.

In 2008, plans were announced to renovate and reopen the Diana Theatre as a multi-purpose entertainment center. It re-opened as the Medina Theatre in late-2013.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

LouB on June 7, 2008 at 5:10 am

This theatre opened as part of the Schines chain in 1930. In 1950 it became a Warner Brothers' theatre. It was part of the Dipson chain from 1955-1975. I was in Medina in 1985 and the theatre was closed,but I was told it had been last used as a restaurant.

kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm

It looks like the marquee message is “Welcome to Medina”, but there are some letters missing. It doesn’t look the building is occupied at the present time.

MWAKEFIE on October 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

My family ran this theater for over 50 yrs. My Grandfather Edward Yarington started as an usher when it was Warner Bros. He then became the manager until he passed away in the theater after 40 his second home. At that point my mother Janet wakefield took over until it closed. I sure got to see allot of movies free as a young boy. The theater had a large balcony. The theater held around 400 people. We used to have midnight horror movies on certain week ends. I still remember lugging those heavy movie reel containers upstairs to the projection booth. Many fond memories there. Had a huge concession stand,a pop machine, cigerette machine, and candy machine. Mens, and Ladies restrooms had a seperate smoking room. I have a picture of my grandfather as an usher back in the 40s in front of the theaterblown up on my living room wall. It was a great theater.

LouB on July 12, 2010 at 12:36 am

Part of the “Welcome” sign is still on the marquee.

It’s too bad that this theatre closed. I think the nearest indoor theatre is the Palace in Lockport. There is also the Sunset Drive-in in Middleport.

mrdew67 on May 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

We used to go to the movie theater in Medina while my mother did her shopping at Super Duper, Bell’s and JcPenney.

CSWalczak on May 14, 2012 at 12:23 am

This theater will soon get new life as a multi-use community venue: View article

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Now reopened as the Medina Theatre.

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