Citilyne Theater

344 Main Street,
Binghamton, NY 13905

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adamghost
adamghost on April 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm

I finally found a photograph of the arch from the Johnson City side that shows the building that stood where at 344 Main Street before it was demolished. It can be seen here: http://roadsidephotos.sabr.org/rp/arches.htm

Unfortunately both this building (which is indeed three stories but very wide) and the still-standing one next to Lane’s both are sporting awnings in this photo so I cannot see which one had the stars and arch entryway I remember seeing in the 1980s (both have visible gaps in the window construction to allow for one). There’s nothing about either building to indicate that there may have been a theater in them though they appear to be the correct vintage.

Would live to find a photo of the Citilyne.

adamghost
adamghost on August 25, 2016 at 8:31 am

Sorry, should not have said “Key Bank” above.

adamghost
adamghost on August 25, 2016 at 8:30 am

Some new information about the Citilyne.

There is an advertisement in the November 6, 1929 Binghamton Press that offers in the “Real Estate For Sale” section a theatre block at 344 Main St. “450 seats, full equipment, what have you to trade?” J.H. Bedell was the offering party. There is another 1928 item in the press indicating that the 344 Main St. block was a three story building. There are references to restaurants in the block from the 1940s, continuing into the mid ‘80s.

Old aerial photographs show a complex of buildings next to the current Key Bank (340 Main) that disappeared between 2002 and 2006, with the one closest to the bank about the dimensions of a theater.

There are old photos of the arch, which was a stone’s throw from the theater, but unfortunately they all face the arch, pointing away from the location of the building.