Pontiac Theatre

324 Isabella Street,
Ogdensburg, NY 13668

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Star Theatre, Ogdensburg, New York in 1916

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Originally opened as the Star Theatre in 1909. It is listed as operating as the Pontiac Theatre in 1941 by the Schine Circuit. It had double and triple feature cowboy movies in the early-1950’s. I remember one afternoon with a double feature with Lash Larue with an on stage visit with Lash who gave all the children tiny whips as souvenirs. It used to cost 15 cents to spend an entire Saturday with two or three movies, a special visitor and several cartoons.

The Pontiac Theatre was closed in the 1960’s.

Contributed by Fred Little

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2007 at 8:55 pm

I remember reading about Lash LaRue in one of those “Whatever Became Of?” books back in the eighties. It looks like he passed away in 1996. Happy trials, Lash.

mikey7290
mikey7290 on July 16, 2008 at 12:18 am

The Pontiac Theater was originally called the “Star” Theatre and opened in 1909. It was taken over by the Martina chain and renovated in the early 1950’s, but closed a short time later. It was completely gutted and turned into a bowling alley in the late 1950’s. It was demolished in June 1973 as part of the city’s Urban Renewal program. The site was made into a parking lot for the Ogdensburg Mall located next door. I have pictures of the theater available from various sources if you are interested. Thanks.

TexasBob
TexasBob on February 18, 2013 at 3:42 am

When I grew up in Ogdensburg we had just the two theatres the Strand and the Pontiac. The Pontiac was located in the area that was called “The Cresent.” That area of town had a pool hall and bowling alley, Rubs Bar, The Ogdensburg Journal and an eating joint across the road sittting on stilts over the Oswegatchie river. Today all those landmarks are gone with the wind.

Patsy
Patsy on February 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm

TexasBob: Interesting commentary that ends with “those landmarks are gone with the wind”.

TexasBob
TexasBob on February 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

Patsy:Here’s a couple sites that might interest you, enjoy.

http://www.ogdensburgpubliclibrary.org/ http://ogdensburg.info/

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