Kallet Genesee Theatre

2100 W. Genesee Street,
Syracuse, NY 13219

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Kallet Genesee Theatre

Opened on February 14, 1951, it was one of the top roadshow theatres near Syracuse. This theatre outlasted nearly all the other single screen theatres in the area. It was still operating as a sub-run budget house when the owner decided to tear it down in 1997 to build a Pep Boys store, which went out of business within six months.

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exit on November 3, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Anyone have any photos of this place that aren’t already posted online?

carljohnson on January 26, 2008 at 8:54 am

The Genesee had a certain charm, even in the ‘80s, with that “toothpaste” decor you can see in the photos linked above. What a shame that it was lost, and for no reason.

kencmcintyre on June 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Here is a January 1973 ad from the Syracuse Herald Journal:

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Joe Vogel on September 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

The April 1, 1950, issue of Boxoffice featured a rendering of the Genesee Theatre by its architect, Michael J. DeAngelis. One of the earliest shopping center theaters, it was built by the Albanese Brothers and operated under lease by the Kallet Theatre Corporation.

muviebuf on September 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

From its opening in 1950 until about 1965 the Genesee was a double feature second run venue. It only started playing first run about 1965 and then managed to get Dr. Zhinvago in February 1966 because the Shoppingtown was tied up with Sound of Music.

The biggest negative of the Genesee was its low proceenium arch and narrow stage area which resulted in a relatively small screen. As a result both the flat and scope pictures were the same size.

rivest266 on September 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

This opened on February 14th, 1951. Grand opening ad uploaded here.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Link with history & multiple photos.


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