Coronet Theatre

555 Thurston Road,
Rochester, NY 14619

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The West End Theatre was operated by the Schine Circuit in 1941. It was still open in 1950. In the mid-1960’s it was renamed Coronet Theatre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Chris_Grattan on September 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

The West End was on Thurston Road near the western terminus of the Parsells trolley line. It showed bills of second-run features and served the residents of Rochester’s 19th Ward, a streetcar suburb that was developed around the turn of the twentieth century.I recall it getting pretty rowdy on weekends in the 50s. One time I remember the projector being shut down and the lights going up and the manager chewing out the audience during a showing of “Moby Dick.” It closed as the West End in the late 50s and reopened some years later as The Coronet. I don’t know if it would have been considered an art house, but I recall going there in high school to see “The Collector,” “Tom Jones,” “The Leather Boys,” and “The Pawnbroker” when they were in current release.

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