Olympic Theater

127 Lafayette Street,
Utica, NY 13502

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The Olympic Theater dates back to at least 1926 when a Marr & Colton organ was installed. The Olympic Theater was demolished in the early-1970’s.

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vincentvendetta
vincentvendetta on September 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

The original Olympic was opened in 1925 and burned to the ground only 12 days later. The second Olympic was built on the same location and opened about one year later. In November of 1953, the Olympic boasted as being the first and only complete CinemaScope installation in the Mohawk Valley. It remained open until early 1971 and closed as part of the Kallet theater chain.

vincentvendetta
vincentvendetta on November 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

The second (and last) Olympic Theater opened on May 18, 1926 and closed on February 23, 1971 as part of the Kallet theater chain.

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on November 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I worked at the Olympic as a relief projectionist. Until the late sixties it was one of Utica’s main first run houses. They had Century model H projectors with R3 soundheads and Excelite lamps and RCA mag sound. The screen was fairly small. I think about 30 ft. wide. I ran “Woodstock” there in 4 track mag in 1970.
Somewhere I got the idea that it sat around 1100.

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