Crescent Theatre

217 N. Aurora Street,
Ithaca, NY 14850

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nathaniellp on December 23, 2017 at 4:04 am

Hey Cinema Treasurers – if anyone has any info on the ticket pricing at the Crescent – or any other theater in ithaca around the 40s and 50s, I’d love to have it. I’m working on a research project about movie theaters in ithaca. Thanks in advance! Nathaniel

rivest266 on March 8, 2017 at 11:56 pm

This opened on November 27th, 1916. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2014 at 4:57 am

The Crescent Theatre had been closed for eleven years when plans to remodel and reopen it were announced in the April 11, 1941, issue of The Film Daily:

“Long-Shuttered House Will Be Reconditioned

“Ithaca — Plans to remodel and refurnish the old Crescent Theater to operate as a second-run house and to improve the Strand, have been announced here.

“In announcing the changes, Jules Berinstein, general manager of Cornell Theaters, Inc., said that the Crescent will be reopened as ‘a new theater.’ He said the building will be reconditioned throughout, with 1,200 seats all on one floor. Latest sound equipment will be installed. A new front is also planned. Work is slated to be completed in time for a September opening.

“New seats, a remodeled entrance and new decorations are among the improvements slated for the Strand during the Summer.

“The Crescent, acquired by the Cornell Theaters, Inc., in February, 1929, has been closed 11 years.”

I haven’t been able to find anything else about the reopening, so I don’t know if the project was carried out or not, or if so whether the house reopened under its original name or another name.