Hamilton Movie Theater

7 Lebanon Street,
Hamilton, NY 13346

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Marquee as triplex

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The Sheldon Opera House opened in 1895 as an opera house, and was eventually cineplexed.

In 2002 or 2003 it was purchased by Colgate College and resumed showing first-run films with occasional art, foreign or classic film screenings. In 2006 a new marquee was put on the theater as a gift of the class of 1956.

Contributed by Ben Model

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 11:42 am

The Hamilton Theater goes digital. Story is here.

Patsy on October 5, 2008 at 10:22 am

Lost: I found my way here after visiting the Colgate University campus via the internet. A neighbor of mine is a graduate of Colgate and wears his school colors….proudly. Sorry to read that it is triplexed though was pleased to read that the Class of ‘56 contributed to the marquee project.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

As the Sheldon Opera House, the Hamilton is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. E.B. Sheldon was the Mgr. The seating is given as 1,000 (probably rounded up).The proscenium opening was 30 feet wide and the stage was 30 feeet deep. The theatre was on the first floor. The local newspaper was the Hamilton Republican, a weekly. Hotels for show folk were the Hotel Moxwell and the Pock House. Railroad was the New York, Ontario and Western. The 1897 population of Hamilton was 2,000.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Here is another photo. The sign over the entrance reads Hamilton Movie House.

Patsy on February 11, 2009 at 6:50 am

LM: Would love to see some interior photos of this theatre!

Patsy on February 11, 2009 at 6:52 am

My neighbor may have graduated from the Class of 1956 so will have to ask if it was his class who donated the marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

No photos yet but I might have found the architect:

Architect A. W. Reynolds of Binghamton designed the Nichols & Beal Block at 6-12 Utica Street, an eclectic mix of architectural forms including round arch windows, Palladian motif windows, and a finial crowned corner tower. The Sheldon Opera House Block (1895) at 3-9 Lebanon Street, also designed by Reynolds, features Classical details, such as brick pilasters and garland panels, and a three-tier stepped pediment in the front gable. Source

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

Here is the Hamilton Theater website.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

This house was called the State Theatre until at least 1950. Prior to becoming the State, it was showing movies as Smalley’s Theatre from about 1918, according to an article in the Hamilton & Morrisville Tribune of May 10, 2006. The Schine circuit took over the house about 1934.

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