206-208 State Street,
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Research I did ‘indicated this theatre was operational until around 1920. It is listed in the 1906 Cahn-Hill Theatrical Guide (managers Weber & Rush), which makes it the second oldest theatre building in Binghamton to escape demolition. A diary of a local resident refers to it as “the New Armory Theatre” in 1906, which suggests a 1905 or 1906 opening date.
A court action refers to a lease having been acquired to the theatre in March 1906, so it was already in existence by that time.
Internet search shows the theatre to have been very active in the 1910’s, making the list of “prominent buildings” in the city (along with the Stone Opera House) in an encyclopedia published in 1914.
The Orange County Times Press on March 7, 1919 wrote that the “Armory Theatre” and “Armory Hotel” property had been sold to O.S. Hathaway, who was at the time already managing the Stone Opera House.
This fascinating and immense old building, presumably an old armory from the 19th century, still stands. It appears to have been used as a garage in succeeding years, and after a period of its use is now used for an LGBT outreach office. Its prior incarnations seem to be largely unknown in the present day. It might be a good candidate for investigation into what remains of the interior and for historic preservation.
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