Glove Theater

42 N. Main Street,
Gloversville, NY 12078

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spectrum
spectrum on January 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm

The restoration seems to be going very well – from the official page’s photo gallery, it looks like they’ve basically finished restoring the interior d├ęcor – looks great!

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.

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

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 August 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

Any more news from the Glove?

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.

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!

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 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 10, 2006 at 5:36 pm

The Glove Theatre was built in 1914 for live shows. It was converted in 1920 into a vaudeville house. The current marquee was built in 1939. The theatre closed in the late 1970s. In 1995, it was nearly razed for a parking lot. The town of Gloversville was once the glove-producing capitol of the world.

Here are some links:
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http://www.jeffgoode.com/theatres/th_glove.htm
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ERD
ERD on February 10, 2006 at 4:23 pm

Those on the committee of the Glove theatre restoration, should consider getting theatre seats. (Many times there are great offers on Cinema Treasures)The folding chairs now used in the auditorium are hard to sit on through a performance. The musuem is nice, but limited.

leb1939
leb1939 on November 29, 2005 at 1:56 am

There are current driving directions on the Glove Theatre website. You should stop by and check out the next door museuam. It contains a lot of movie memorabilia and a lot about the history of the Glove and other Schine info. It’s worth the trip.

ERD
ERD on November 23, 2005 at 7:44 am

Continued from above post:The Glove theatre is a on Main Street, a few blocks down.

ERD
ERD on November 23, 2005 at 7:24 am

Patsy, here is information on Gloversville,NY:
Gloversville is a city located in Fulton County, New York.
The City of Gloversville is located in the northern part of the Town of Johnstown. With the City of Johnstown, Gloversville is one of the “Twin cities."
Via NYS Thruway:Take NYS Thruway (I-90) to Exit 28 – Fultonville, follow Rte 30A North to intersection of Rte 30A and Rte 29A, turn left onto Rte 29A (E. Fulton St.); at the intersection of the 4th traffic light, the library will be to your left.

Patsy
Patsy on November 20, 2005 at 4:55 am

I’m not sure where Gloversville is located in the State of NY, but since this location was the start for the famous Schine Brothers it is now on my must-see theatre list!

leb1939
leb1939 on June 8, 2005 at 6:56 am

The Glove has been undergoing renovations since it was purchased by a group of local individuals set upon saving the theatre. Since 1997 the Glove has hosted a continuous calendar of events including plays, concerts, dinners and full-scale musical productions. This is a second year of summer stock, supported by the NYS Council on the Arts. Check out their website at
http://www.glovetheatre.org

Slade789
Slade789 on December 18, 2004 at 3:32 am

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your comment to me.

Joe

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2004 at 1:32 am

Hi Joe,

Thanks for your input into your involvement of the Auburn Schines Theater. It has its own lising here on Cinema Treasures. /theaters/258/

Slade789
Slade789 on December 15, 2004 at 6:52 pm

Hi,

Just put in The Schines Auburn Theater in Google and your site came up. Your right, the nightclub idea for the Schines failed. I was one of the partners who purchased it in 1980. We bought it for $120,000. At that time it truly was a beautiful theater. Losing quite of bit of money I got out in 1982 and just gave my interest to the remaining four partners. Six months later, the club ( Charlies) failed and they closed it. Later, one of the partners son (John Pettigrass) turned the lobby of the theater into a movie rental store. That store closed about four years later. After the store closed the theater remained unoccupied and the ‘elements’ took over. Unfortunately water just poured onto the stage and destroyed alot of the seats and stage area. Also many of the beautiful artifacts just were taken.
I truly that there is a huge opportunity for the city of Auburn if they only can realize it. Auburn is such a conservative town that many people just don’t realize what this theater is.
Although the Arts COuncil has taken over the management of the refurbising of the Schines, it has been an extremely slow process. Over the last five years, no noticable work has been noted.
Just a comment. Joe Vitale V00888@ AOL.com

ERD
ERD on April 27, 2004 at 7:39 pm

Correction- It was Kasson Opera House not Kasson’s Opera House. It is
located at 26-38 North Main Street. A.J.Kasson, who built the theatre, was a prominent glove manufacturer of the 19th century.

ERD
ERD on April 27, 2004 at 7:24 pm

The Glove theatre opened on October 9, 1914. The 800 seat theatre was built by Dr. David Cady & George Dartch. In 1920 the Schine brothers bought The Glove theatre outright and leased the next door Family Theatre, formely known as Kasson’s Opera House & Memorial Hall. (The theatre opened in 1880 and closed around 1930.) The Schines also owned & managed The Hippodrome theatre in Gloversville since 1916. A Wurlitzer organ was installed in The Hippodrome (1925) and The Glove (1927) The Schines would eventually have 150 theatres in 5 states. The Glove theatre was remodeled quite a few times throughout its history.

ERD
ERD on February 11, 2004 at 8:51 pm

While not the most beautiful theatre in the Schine chain, credit must be given to the civic minded people of Gloversville who are doing the restoration.
Through different productions presented, both amateur & professional,
an attempt is being made to bring back badly needed spirit and pride to the community.

richardg
richardg on February 8, 2004 at 3:59 pm

Roger: You’re probably right. It was a long time ago and I couldn’t find the notes I took about the Glove. Schine had a lot of great looking theatres including the one in Auburn, N.Y. I was interested in purchasing this one but it had just been sold to someone who was going to make it into a night club. That, of course, failed. Do you think any of the Schine family still lives in Gloverville? I’m sure some relative has pictures and information on the theatres.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 7, 2004 at 8:00 pm

Richard: I think that seating number is accurate as my source actually says it was 1200 seats (which is probably a bit earlier than the 1100 figure)!