Shoppingtown Theatre 1-2-3-4
Erie Boulevard East,
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In 1968, when a department store was built in front of the original (1957) Kallet Shoppingtown Theatre, Kallet built the first twin theatre in central New York state. Sharing a huge outer lobby/gallery, the two identical 800 seat auditoriums each had their own inner lobby and restrooms. Between the two inner lobbies was a two-sided concession stand, through which you could see into the lobby on the other side.
The Kallet Shoppingtown I & II opened in December 1968 with two roadshows: Julie Andrews in “Star!”, next to Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl”. Other roadshow engagements here were “Hello, Dolly!”, “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”, “Shoes of the Fisherman” and “Sweet Charity”. The Shoppingtown I & II was, along with the Kallet Genesee on the west side, the prestige theatres in Syracuse.
Other movies shown in the I & II were “Airport”, “Earthquake”, “Airport 1975”, “Woodstock”, “What’s Up, Doc?”, the 1973 reissue of “The Sound of Music”, “The Andromeda Strain”, “Tommy”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “That’s Entertainment!”.
Kallet sold the Shoppingtown I & II in 1974, and each twin was subsequently subdivided in half, front and back. It was operated as a fourplex until the Shoppingtown was converted into a mall. A bland multiplex was built in the mall, and the Shoppingtown 1-2-3-4 was demolished.
Further details of the Kallet Shoppingtown I & II and the original Shoppingtown theatre can be found at the link below.
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