Susquehanna Valley Theatre

149 Conklin Avenue,
Binghamton, NY 13903

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There are mentions in the Binghamton Press about a Susquehanna Valley Theatre, apparently a small neighbourhood house, from 1916-1918. Bygone Binghamton also claims in the known as ‘The SV’. Joseph E. Lynch was the proprietor.

149 Conklin Avenue is now a parking lot, though a contemporaneous building next door still survives with the inscription ’S.V.S. Club', apparently some kind of athletic organization in existence at around the same time as the theatre.

Contributed by Adam Marsland

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adamghost
adamghost on September 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Charlie Zayleskie of Binghamton has done further research on this theater and it appears the building may NOT have been demolished. The numbering of the day was slightly different from what it is now and puts the old theater to the east, not west, of the still-existing S.V.S. Club building, which means the theater may be one of the three older buildings that stand in that area. The wooden building next to the S.V.S. building may be ruled out for architectural and other reasons.

According to Charlie, the bartender at Frankie’s Bar a few doors down claimed (without him asking) that that building used to be a theater at one point. The SV is the only theater I know of that existed in this area, so if the bartender is correct, that probably was the location of the SV. While it looks smaller and newer than a theater from the teens, the concrete construction of the sides is nearly identical to that of the Milfred Theatre in Greene, which was built in 1915. Another candidate might be the older brick building that stands in between Frankie’s and the SVS Club building, which shows signs of extensive remodeling on the first floor and having been used (or added on to as) as a garage at one point (the SV Theater was apparently converted to a garage in the ‘20s). Or…it could still be a parking lot (which lies between the two buildings in question).

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