Fox Theater

16-18 E. Denison Parkway,
Corning, NY 14830

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

FrankW: Thanks for confirming that the Corning Cinema was the former Fox Theatre. The old Corning Opera House was a different theater, located on Pine Street, and is listed at Cinema Treasures under its later name, the State Theatre.

Given its location, I think that the Fox must have been either the 1921 or the 1928 project for the Liberty Theatre company that I mentioned in my previous comment. The 1928 project by Victor Rigaumont might have been either a new theater on an adjacent site, or a remodeling of the 1921 house that was to be built at at 14 E. Erie. Either way, I think it’s safe to assume that the Fox was at 16-18 E. Denison Parkway, and was designed by Victor A. Rigaumont.

The earliest mention of the Fox Theatre I’ve found so far is from a 1934 issue of the Corning Evening Leader.

FrankW
FrankW on November 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The photo in American Classic Images is the old Fox Theater in Corning, NY. The theater was located on the south side of Denison Parkway (changed from Erie Avenue around 1951) near the corner of Pine Street. I grew up in Corning 1949-1972 and went to the Fox many, many times. I think the building was originally the Corning Opera House. There was a second theater called The Palace on the north side of town on Bridge Street in the 50s and early 60s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2012 at 1:44 am

Erie Avenue has been renamed Denison Parkway. I’ve found three historic references to theaters being built on Erie Avenue:

The May 1, 1910, issue of The American Contractor said that bids were being taken for a theater to be built on West Erie Avenue. The project was to include a third storey that would be used as a 14-room addition to the Hotel Cascade.

A notice in the January 22, 1921, issue of The American Contractor contracts had been let for a 1,268-seat theater at 14 E. Erie Avenue for the Liberty Theatre Company. I’ve also found a reference to a Liberty Theatre being designed for the Schine circuit in 1928 by Victor Rigaumont on a site at at 16-18 Erie Avenue, so it’s possible that the original Liberty was replaced by a new building at that time.

American Classic Images also has photos of a Corning Cinema, which might have been a later name for the Fox. Unfortunately, no address is given so I don’t know if this one was on Erie Avenue or not.