Westcott Cinema

524 Westcott Street,
Syracuse, NY 13210

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Syraflix on June 9, 2012 at 5:52 am

The Westcott was a great place in the 1980s. Thanks to their low sub-run prices, I probably saw nearly a couple of hundred movies there. Crocodile Dundee, Commando, Predator, Beverly Hills Cop, Karate Kid, Lethal Weapon, Hot Shots, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Last Starfighter, Fletch, Secret of My Success, The Right Stuff, Extreme Prejudice among too many others to recall. Most films were shown for one week, although a few really popular ones were held over for a second week. Sound was pretty bad at times, though, often turned up way too loud, which didn’t help with the frequent crackles and other noises.

GeorgeC on June 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

Went through a number of name changes . . unfortunately Kallet, as sited in the Syracuse.com article, was not one of them.

During 50’s and 60’s (and possibly earlier) operated as the Westcott and owned by the Gilbert family. Played the French film A Man and a Woman (1966) for well over a year … hyped as audience demand but supposedly distribs would not book the theater because they could not recover their percentage of the gross. Fact or urban legend?

At some point (after worn out print of A Man and a Woman could no longer run through the projector?) theater changed hands and operated as The Studio (late 60’s/early 70’s). But once again (another change of hands?) returned to operation as the Westcott.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 4, 2008 at 3:43 am

Seating given on their website is 700.

kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 3:37 am

This article says the Westcott was once known as the Kallett:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2008 at 8:03 pm

This is a recent photo of the Westcott.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

The name should be changed to Westcott TheatER or Westcott Theater & Performing Arts Center. Here is their website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm

This is a January 2008 story about the Westcott Cinema.

carljohnson on January 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm

From that picture above, I wouldn’t even have recognized it. I recall more of a classic marquee when I was there in the ‘70s and '80s; unfortunately, for all the times that I saw “Rocky Horror Picture Show” there, I haven’t a single picture of the building.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 23, 2007 at 4:36 am

The theatre will reopen in January as the Westcott Theater according to recent media reports. It will feature live music, comedies, and plays in addition to movies.

MarkNYLA on October 29, 2007 at 3:12 am

Sadly, the Westcott must now be listed as closed. Nat finally thru in the towel on the 18th of this month, the last feature was In The Shadow Of The Moon. It was hard for the theatre to get films protected from the Carousel Mall screens, even arthouse programming. Also, the building is getting pretty old, needed new HVAC and other improvements.

The theatre first opened in 1928 as the Harvard, then changed its name to the Studio sometime in the seventies, and was part of the CinemaNational chain for a while. After they pulled out, it ran porn as an independent for much of the late seventies, then sub-run fare in the early eighties after changing its name to the Westcott. They finally switched to art/alternative sometime in the nineties under leaseholder Nat Tobin, who also runs the Manlius Cinema. Russ Percival was Nat’s manager/operator here for much of this era, he was the only union projectionist left in Syracuse after the closing of the city’s older single screens and multi’s.

Sad to see this one go after so long.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Thats okay, I’m not much better at 9am. The Studio is most likely another theater. You could add it to your “to do” list. LOL

kencmcintyre on September 28, 2007 at 5:39 pm

I think you’re right. I was looking at that close to six a.m. Not at my best.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2007 at 5:29 pm

I tried zooming in on the address and I also printed the page and I’m still not sure what the numbers are. The first number still looks like a “6”. If it is a six, the Studio would be a different theater that probably isn’t listed here.

kencmcintyre on September 28, 2007 at 4:09 pm

It looked like five-something to me, but it could be a six.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Is the address in the ad 524 or 684 Westcott Street? I don’t see the Bayberry listed here unless it had another name.

kencmcintyre on September 28, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Looks like it was the Studio in 1972, according to this ad:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 25, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Westcott Cinema.