Grand Theatre

1 S. Portage Street,
Westfield, NY 14787

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katylinwise
katylinwise on November 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

looking for some information on the Grand Theatre that used to be in Westfield as part of a ‘Lost Places’ article for the Chautauqua Star newspaper. Would anyone here know a good contact? maybe the former owners?

Patsy
Patsy on January 31, 2013 at 6:34 pm

The grandson of Michael DeAngelis, Mark DeAngelis became a CT member today, Jan. 31 2013. He posted on the Stage/Warsaw NY link. Join me in welcoming him to Cinema Treasures!

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

David Stear: I see that you added this theatre to CT and wondered if you are from the western NYS area. I’m helping a local historian with the history of the Grand Theatre. Thanks. ()

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

And this theatre has most definitely been demolished and not closed.

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Joe: THANKS AGAIN! I do recall this now.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

The only other mention of the Grand I can recall in Boxoffice was the drawing in the “Just Off the Boards” feature of the April 26, 1941, issue, but it’s the same drawing that appears in the 1942 article.

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

P.S. Did you ever find any other articles about the Grand in another Boxoffice magazine other than in the January 3, 1942 issue?

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

Joe: Thanks so very much! Since posting on CT last night I did finally find the Boxoffice link called The Vault. I then passed it along to my historian friend for future reference regarding the hometown Grand Theatre. Thanks again!!!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Patsy: Boxoffice has removed its archive from issuu.com and posted most of it on a section of its own web site called The Vault. I’m gradually updating my old links as I run across them.

The 1942 article about the Grand Theatre by Michael DeAngelis begins on this page and continues on the two subsequent pages.

Patsy
Patsy on March 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Joe: If you find the Boxoffice Grand drawings and photos of Michael DeAngelis, etc. please send to

Patsy
Patsy on March 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Joe Vogel: Could you help me find the Boxoffice magazine article about the Grand Theatre again? I went to the link and wasn’t able to find it. Help!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Very Grand at one time.

Patsy
Patsy on January 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

eileenp: Blatt Bros was associated with the Corry Drive-In in Corry PA as the name is still on the back of the tall screen.

Patsy
Patsy on December 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

eileenp: I’m not aware of the Blatt Bros being associated with the May Theatre that was in Mayville, but will try to locate that information.

eileenpowers
eileenpowers on November 21, 2009 at 5:23 am

Does anyone know if the theater in Mayville was a Blatt Bros theater too?

Patsy
Patsy on October 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

dstier: I’m not sure if the decision to raze the Grand was put to some kind of popular vote. My hunch is that it was not. I have spoken to a view people who were around then so I will try to get an answer though I get the sense that many/most don’t want to talk about it. They realize that perhaps the wrong decision was made, but then again hindsight is always 20/20. I believe the Mayor of Westfield at the time was Joseph Pagano. He is deceased so I can’t go to him! I will tell you that I have spoken to Mayor Carr and mentioned the theatre to him. I was able to get him to agree with me that it was a loss for the community. Do you know a Willy Locke? He used to work at the theatre along with Bill Gollintz and Rick Clausen when Bob Mascaro was the manager and later Tom Tetreault. Willy has told me that IF he were to win the lottery he’d rebuild the theatre. And through my volunteer work for the Fenton History Center in Jamestown I have located the blueprints!

dstear
dstear on October 14, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I guess I really don’t have anything against the statues per se, on thinking about them again one realizes that the work put into them must have been appreciable. It’s just the fact that they had to put them there on that site. I think the site where they met would be the better spot. I would like to know, somehow, if tearing down the Grand Theater was put to some kind of popular vote.

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2009 at 8:44 am

I don’t know how much the statues cost, but will email Mr. Sottile.

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2009 at 8:43 am

To call the statues, ridiculous may not be the proper word as the statues, themselves, were very well done. The statues at the current location does allow tourists and locals to see them as they pass through town. Yet the bottom line is..that site would not have been chosen had the theatre remained on the corner of N. Portage and Main Street. Had the theatre remained I’m sure the statues would probably have been placed in Moore Park, if not the train depot on English Street.

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2009 at 6:53 am

dstier: Well, your comments do spark interest and concern with me. As you know I have posted many a post on CT about the Grand which is the closest theatre to my heart in all of my theatre interest. I have never met the sculptor artist, Don Sottile, but I have spoken to him over the phone. He is a Westfield native and lives in Penn Yan NY now. I agree with you that it’s a shame that the Grand was razed and that the statues were not put in Moore Park or at the train station where Lincoln actually met Grace. I would like to see the theatre returned to that corner, but suppose it is not a reality in the near future or sadly, ever. I wish I had been living in the county when plans to demolish the theatre were being formed as I would have launched a campaign to Save the Grand. Through my library research I have come to learn many of the names and faces of those involved with the demolition. Part of me would like to hold them accountable, but it wouldn’t bring the theatre back to us. It was a major error and a decision that we all have to live with now. Every small town who still has a theatre in operation are very lucky.

dstear
dstear on October 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Does anyone else in Westfield think that the ridiculous statues of Lincoln and Grace Bedell don’t belong on that site? I really hope old blueprints and plans for the Grand Theater can be found and that some eccentric billionaire decides to remove those statues to some attic or a remote area in some park in Westfield and then rebuilds the Grand Theater. How much did it cost to make and put those stupid statues there when that money could have been used to fix up the theater and at least use it for some alternative purpose? A community recreation center maybe? Who allowed something this stupid?! It’s just more evidence of the cloying, maudlin sentimentality so pervasive in society today. If those statues have to be anywhere why not put them at the site where Lincoln met Grace Bedell instead of adding insult to injury by putting them on the site of a razed theater?!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

The 1926 Film Daily Year Book lists a 700-seat Grand Theatre for Westfield, NY, which suggests that it was either replaced or just “modernized” in 1941.

Patsy
Patsy on May 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Plus I recently read this theatre originally had 850 seats!

Patsy
Patsy on May 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

And perhaps it should just read “demolished” rather than “closed/demolished”?

Patsy
Patsy on May 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Don’t believe the Grand was demolished in 1994, but rather in the Spring of 1992. But one thing for sure is that it was “sadly demolished”. Still hoping to hear from David Stear who originally added this theatre to Cinema Treasures.