Smalley's Theater

Kingston Street,
Delhi, NY 13753

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1909 real photo Post Card (RPPC), of the interior (stage area) of the Delhi Opera House, in Delhi, N. Y.

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The Dehi Opera House was opened on September 30, 1884 with “Ticket of Leave Man”. By 1914, it was a movie theatre, and eventually became Smalley’s Dehli Theatre. Stars who appeared on stage include Tom Mix and Ken Maynard. By 1941, it had been renamed Smalley’s Theatre, and continued as a movie theatre into the 1970’s.

It was torn down several years ago, unfortunately.

Contributed by Jill Ogden

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 1, 2007 at 3:06 am

The Delhi Opera House is listed as operating in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 edition. By at least 1941 it had been re-named Smalley’s Theatre and was still in operation in 1950.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 13, 2007 at 6:07 pm

In 1970 the theater was part of Smalley Theaters, Inc, H.S. Smalley president. The chain named all of their theaters Smalley’s, and at that time had houses in Cooperstown, Delhi, Dolgeville, Fort Plain, Johnstown, Norwich, St. Johnsville and Stamford.

adamghost
adamghost on April 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I remember seeing this abandoned movie house in the ‘70s and was always intrigued by the spooky and unusual architecture. An old postcard I found from the 1890s revealed the reason: it apparently was originally a church, and then remodeled to be an opera house. I’m surprised it was still going as late as 1970; it looked long abandoned by the late '70s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Here is a 1982 photo. Good luck finding a style for this place.
http://tinyurl.com/dzp74x

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