Schine's State Theater

27 N. Main Street,
Cortland, NY 13045

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State Theatre in Cortland, NY

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The State Theater was built and opened by the Schine Circuit in early-1930. It was designed in an Atmospheric style by architect Victor A. Rigaumont. It was closed in around 1970, and demolished around 1974.

Contributed by George Corsi

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

1940-1964 ran by Schine Theaters?

1969 ran by Cortland Cinema Corp.?

More info and photos?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

Could this be the same theatre? 1929 trade article claims Victor A. Rigaumont as architect: archive

LuisV
LuisV on August 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Wow Tinseltoes….That would have been a nice theater. What a shame. I drove through Cortland a few weeks back and it has certainly seen its better days.

apace
apace on March 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

A great and beautiful theatre. I saw King of Kings, The Longest Day, A hard Day’s Night and so many Saturday matinees. It was sad to see it torn down.

apace
apace on March 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Tinseltoes, yes it is one and the same. I saw many a film there as a kid in the 50s and 60s. A great wide screen experience. The Beatles in A Hard Days Night on a large screen. Incredible!

bornincortland
bornincortland on June 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

remember the distinct smell of that theater….particularly downstairs…..

That was a great theater….it was a big mistake to let it go…..cortland is the worse for it…..what were they thinking??

bornincortland
bornincortland on June 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

that whole block on main st. was destroyed when they tore down the old state theater….now there’s nothing there but an ugly parking lot….cortland went down hill fast in the 60’s & 70’s……too bad, it was a pretty nice place at one time……

DavidCanestaro
DavidCanestaro on February 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I saw many movies at this theater . Flubber, Unsinkable Molly Brown , Willard …… Big mistake to demolish this building , in my opinion.

go_tigers
go_tigers on August 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

it’s a shame the state theater was torn down…obviously, people weren’t thinking clearly…..now it’s gone and it ain’t coming back…..cortland’s stuck with small/mall type theaters…ithaca saved theirs..cortland could have with the right combination of vision and ambition…..but it was lacking….

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