Matthiessen Hall

2 Idlewild Avenue,
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520

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This "theater" was demolished in 1934; the Storm King Theatre now sits in its place.

According to "Cornwall Revisited" by Janet Dempsey, this was the place in town to show the second airing of moving pictures in 1900; the previous place being the old Library Hall in 1897. They were shown more regularly starting in 1908 for 10 to 15 cents per showing. The American Kinetoscope Company and the also staged performance there as did local dancers and singers. Edwin Knapp did all the bookings, rentals and hirings for the towns' halls that precluded legitimate theaters.

In 1914, Western movie dramas were shown, like "Ashes of Three", "Shenandoah" and "The Ruins of Pompeii". Blue Ribbon Vitagraphs followed as did newsreels and children’s movies.

Contributed by Dave Bonan
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