St. James Theatre

455 Lake Avenue,
St. James, NY 11780

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The original St. James Theatre was created in about 1910 on the second floor of a building over stores.

One hundred years after it was built, the exterior of the building has barely changed. The second floor now contains apartments.

There were later two other St. James Theatre’s in St. James

Contributed by rvb

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm

100 years ago, I wonder if anyone can dig up more info or photos?

robboehm
robboehm on October 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I originally got this information from a book called Images of America – St. James by Geoffrey Fleming. There is picture of the building which housed the original theatre on the second floor. Not a very good picture. Can’t really see any signage for the theatre. In the same book on the facing page is a 1927 aerial photo of St. James in which the image of the third and last St. James Theatre appears. I also created the site for that theatre. Both buildings still remain in use. I’m trying to get more information on both.

robboehm
robboehm on November 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm

According to an article in the Smithtown Star for January 20, 1960- “St. James as it used to be” by Robert Markle, the theatre was transferred from this site to a ground floor location around the corner (Second Street)because of safety concerns about a large number of people on the second floor. No date was given.

robboehm
robboehm on June 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Google has it right. This is the buidling which housed St. James number one. The red paint is new this spring. For the first hundred plus years the gable was white. An interesting note. The building is now owned by the person who owns the former St. James Theatre (#3) around the corner.

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