Liberty Theatre

239 Court Street,
Watertown, NY 13601

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The Antique Theatre opened in 1908. The Antique Theatre was remodeled in 1914 and again in 1926. After the 1926 remodeling the name was changed to the Liberty Theatre which reopened in September of 1926. The Liberty Theatre closed around 1959. The building was demolished to make room for a parking lot.

Contributed by Ridgewood Ken

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm

The August 21, 1909, issue of The New York Dramatic Mirror said that there were five movie houses at Watertown, all doing well. They were the Antique, the Bijou, the Lyric, the Star, and the Wonderland.

robboehm on December 25, 2014 at 12:44 am

You’ve got some work to do, Joe. Only the Antique aka Liberty is on CT.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm

So far I’ve found that, along with the Antique, the Wonderland and Lyric were still in operation in 1916, and that all three were then owned by the Papayanakos brothers, who went on to long careers as exhibitors in the upstate region.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm

The December 17, 1921, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review said that the three houses in Watertown operated by Papayanakos Brothers had been sold to the Robbins Amusement company of Utica. Papayanakos Brothers had taken over operation of the Antique Theatre in 1911, four years after they took over the Wonderland, later renamed Palace, and six years before the built the Olympic Theatre. The Antique had been opened in 1908 by the Mullin Film Service. The Lyric, which Papayankos Brothers had taken over before 1911 and which they still operated in 1916, was not mentioned in the article, so must have closed by late 1921.

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