Proctor's Theatre

82 Fourth Street,
Troy, NY 12180

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gd14lawn
gd14lawn on October 18, 2013 at 3:48 am

That’s funny, the Box Office ad says the “1,400 seat Proctor’s Theatre" yet the theatre seats over 2,000 people. The illustration is definitely the right theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2013 at 3:31 am

Rats. That’s what happens when I have too many tabs open at once.

Proctor’s Theatre cross section from Boxoffice.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on October 18, 2013 at 2:59 am

Joe, the link you posted is to the Rittner blog.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

The March 3, 1945, issue of Boxoffice had this ad for General Electric air conditioning which featured a cross-section of Proctor’s Theatre in Troy, where GE equipment had been installed in 1940.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Here is Don Rittner’s 2010 weblog post about Proctor’s Theatre in Troy. In addition to several photos of Troy’s theater, it has considerable information about Fred Proctor’s career, and photos of several other Proctor theaters.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on June 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

Here are some recent photographs of the Proctor’s Troy Theatre

spectrum
spectrum on May 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

The website in the preceding message has some excellent photo galleries with interior photos both then and now

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on May 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

http://www.troyproctors.com/

They will be very happy to hear from you Gregg!

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on May 18, 2010 at 12:02 am

I didn’t know a group had formed to try and save this beautiful theater. How would I get in touch with them? I would like to help with this effort.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on May 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

I enjoyed a wonderful evening in support of Proctor’s last Saturnday night. It was the first fundraising outreach for the group and the turnout was very encouraging. Legislators from the local, state and federal levels were there as well as many movers-and-shakers too. And many everyday Troy residents (are they Trojans??) who are thrilled to see this project finally moving forward. KUDOS to all who are working to see the wonderful auditorium protected and used again and I do hope to see many more of these events as the project moves forward.

  • Karen Colizzi Noonan, President
    Theatre Historical Society of America
TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Nice looking marquee from the photos.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on September 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

RPI (the college that owns this building) just spent over 100 million dollars building a new sports venue but couldn’t possibly find the money to save this piece of history.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on September 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm

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Bad news for a VERY reusable theater!

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on September 4, 2009 at 11:02 am

There is a proposal to turn the theater into retail and office space. Troy is giving up on it’s history once again. They are going to use a government grant to destroy a building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Went by this theater 2 weeks ago on a bike trip but I arrived at around 10pm. Still looked pretty nice. The rear was a narrow alley and there were 3 square murals of Charlie Chaplin, Elvis (I think) and Marilyn Monroe near the rear doors.

ebzim
ebzim on May 26, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I just moved to troy and would be totally interested in getting involved.

ERD
ERD on March 17, 2008 at 11:44 am

Too bad, Projectionist 44. Maybe an enterprising group with vision will change this in the near future.

John E Ross
John E Ross on March 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

You forget, this is Troy ny, nothing ever seems to reopen and work in Troy ny.

ERD
ERD on March 17, 2008 at 9:26 am

It would be wonderful to see this theatre fixed and reopened. It would probably do well if there is parking nearby.

avkid
avkid on August 20, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Well, I can’t read while driving it seems.
The 2007 I saw was parts of the contractor’s license number, not the date on the permit.
It seems all the windows on the upper floors have been replaced as well as the floodlights on the underside of the marquee.(code compliance?)
It look like workers just up and left one day, one worker even left their sweatshirt inside.
I took about 80 pictures of the architectural rejuvenation of Troy today.
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charlie35
charlie35 on August 17, 2007 at 9:38 pm

This is the place we would go when the Hollywood Drive-In in Averill Park was closed for the winter. The last thing I saw here was Disney’s Love Bug. My grandmother and I enjoyed the movie so much that we sat through the dreadful Gnomemobile just so we could watch Love Bug again. In the 1990s you could rent the marquee; I believe it may have been on a weekly basis.

The photos taken by William Gill (posted by Lost Memory) are amazing in that I didn’t think the theater would look as good as it does after sitting for 30 years. If there are any other pictures taken by Mr. Gill, by all means post a link to them!

I’d love to see it brought back to life as a first-run movie house, but think that maybe it would work better if the Proctor’s Schenectady plan was followed. It would be nice to see road shows of Broadway plays within 5 minutes of home.

avkid
avkid on August 4, 2007 at 12:19 am

Something is going on at Proctor’s, on Wednesday I was driving around in Troy(lost).
Around the next corner I saw what appeared to be a once great marquee.
When I did get down I saw Proctor’s Theatre in a rather poor state, it saddened me to see another Vaudeville house/movie palace in disrepair.
But only for a moment, until I saw a little pink sign that said:
City of Troy
Work Permit
dated sometime in 2007.
I hope it’s for the better.

usher10
usher10 on February 18, 2007 at 5:25 pm

I’m here John. This site is great. Man I really loved those pictures. Remember when we ran away from home, and stayed in the “STAR” rooms back stage? Spooky times. I wonder if that rickety old red ladder, that I use to change the marquee with is still in the ally under WTRY? We had great times there John. I hope some more of the gang gets on. Looking for some more of the oldies at Proctors.

John E Ross
John E Ross on February 4, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Any of the old proctors theater gang from the late sixtys visit this site? It sure was a fun place to work. I think about the place now and then and would like to get inside to walk through and take a few pictures. I wonder what the projection booth looks like now. Lots of good old memory’s.

LuisV
LuisV on December 14, 2006 at 7:16 am

Has anything happened with this theater? Was the office project approved?