Fort Plain Theatre

Center Street,
Fort Plain, NY 13339

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Fort Plain Theatre, NY in 1930

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The Fort Plain Theatre was built in 1911 as a legitimate theatre and vaudeville house. By 1914 movies were also being screened. The theatre was under the management of the Smalley circuit by the 1920’s, and became Smalley’s Fort Plain Theatre. By 1941 it was Smalley’s Theatre.

Smalley’s Theatre was still open in 1950, operated as the Fort Plain Theatre (again) when it closed in around 1964.

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RJT70mm
RJT70mm on December 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Is this the place that became “Ernie’s Pussycat Theatre” in the 70’s?

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on December 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Sorry, I think Smalley’s in St. Johnsville became Ernie’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

An item in a 1958 issue of Motion Picture Herald reported that Michael F. Cory, operator of the Strand Theatre in Canajoharie, New York, had purchased the Fort Plain Theatre from a subsidiary of Smalley Theatres.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I believe this house went back to its original name in its last years. An article in the March 1, 1965, issue of the Amsterdam, New York Evening Recorder said that the Fort Plain Theatre, which had been closed for some months, had been bought by the Fort Plain Merchants Association, and title had been conveyed to the Village Board so that the building could be demolished to make way for a public parking lot.

The house probably closed in the latter part of 1964, and the building was demolished in 1965.

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