Glove Theater

42 N. Main Street,
Gloversville, NY 12078

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Glove Theater

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Opened October 9, 1914, it was taken over by the Schine family in 1920, and housed the chain’s headquarters of their 160-theatre chain. The Glove Theater is in the midst of a multi-year restoration.

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ERD
ERD on February 10, 2006 at 7:05 pm

Members shold read the above posts before repeating information. This is what makes the pages on this site crowded.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on April 22, 2006 at 2:38 am

Good point ERD! As to the Schine family, they are scattered to the four winds and no longer live in Gloversville. I think it is commendable that, although the chain flouished and grew to be the largest independent chain of its time, the brothers felt a duty to remain in Gloversville. The first generation is, of course, gone. The second generation is also, sadly, dwindling. The third generation has a keen interest in the history of their family, but sadly due to some internal family struggles, there isn’t a lot of information for them. The brothers were very close and were very family oriented. It is unfortunate that their families fractured after their deaths. The 3rd generation seems intent on reconnecting and learning all they can about the wonderful theaters and later the equally glamorous luxury hotels that the Schine Enterprises operated.

The bottom line is, the Schine Brothers and their enterprises were responsible for many smiles and good times throughout the northeast from 1916 through 1966. The fond memories of their former employees and patrons will last a lifetime – as the stories are told and retold over the years.

ERD
ERD on April 22, 2006 at 5:29 am

The Schine brothers were loyal and cared about people. Although successful, they never let it go to their heads. They were very special!

danio
danio on May 27, 2006 at 5:38 am

I performed in two plays at the Glove in 2002. At that time, we were trying our best to use the plays to raise money to restore the theater. I have since moved further away and had a kid, so I haven’t been back much. But the current management (to my knowledge) would love the Glove to be a live theater venue (for professional touring shows as well as local amateur productions) that also shows second-run and classic films. Their model, I believe, is Proctor’s in Schenectady.

As for the balcony, when I was there, it was too dangerous to allow patrons to sit there, but functioned well for lighting purposes for the live shows.

Bobkat
Bobkat on November 29, 2008 at 6:34 am

Postcard of theater at:
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Bob

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on August 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

Any more news from the Glove?

jflundy
jflundy on October 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

A friend provided this photo link to the NYT:
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SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on October 23, 2009 at 10:17 am

Very interesting photo! Any idea why the NY Times took the photo? Also – any news on the theater? Feel free to email me at

jwballer
jwballer on July 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Here are some photos around the theatre
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SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on January 22, 2012 at 5:28 am

I just noticed the error in the header for the Glove Theater. It was NOT built by the Schine brothers. From the Glove Theater website: The Glove Theatre was built October 9, 1914 and was owned by Dr. Henry Cady and George Dartch. The Glove was originally created to accommodate a variety of live performances such as opera, vaudeville shows and orchestral concerts. The theatre was purchased by Louis and J. Myer Schine and was converted into a vaudeville house in 1920.

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