Van Curler Theatre

430 Franklin Street,
Schenectady, NY 12305

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Van Curler Theatre

Opened on March 1, 1893 as the Van Curler Opera House. The Van Curler Theatre is listed in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook, as being in the stock of theatres owned or operated by the Fabian Theaters chain, although they had closed the theatre around 1940. It was demolished in 1943.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2013 at 12:02 am

This article from the Schenectady Daily Gazette gives a brief history of the Van Curler Theatre. The theater opened as the Van Curler Opera House on March 1, 1893. In its later years it operated as a movie house as well as a vaudeville and burlesque theater. The Van Curler Theatre had been closed for several years when the auditorium was demolished in 1943. The entrance building was demolished eight years later.

The theater was not located on Van Curler Street, but in downtown Schenectady on Jay Street at the corner of Franklin Street. The article has two photos. The front of the theater was a typically Victorian assemblage of Moorish and Classical elements with a Queen Anne style tower of bay windows and belfry stuck onto one corner.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2014 at 3:57 am

The Van Curler Opera House is on a list of theaters designed by Leon H. Lempert & Son that was published in the 1906-1907 Cahn guide.

robboehm on June 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Uploaded an image from a European eBay site of what I believe to be a painting of the Opera House. (Can’t read the eBay description). Have verified it is the Opera House from a number of copyrighted photos which I came upon.

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