Ideal Theater

112 Washington Avenue,
Endicott, NY 13760

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adamghost on February 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Earliest mention of the theater found so far is in a September 1914 news article in the Endicott paper.

adamghost on February 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Interior photos of the tattoo shop that now occupies this address indicate it has unusually high ceilings, further confirmation that this is the location of the Ideal.

adamghost on February 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm

A careful examination of old postcards and photos (very few of which, unfortunately, give a clear view of this block) and of googlemaps' satellite view finally gives us the answer to which building was the Ideal.

The current large block at 112-114 Washington is actually two separate buildings that were merged into one retail location sometime prior to 1958. These have since been repartitioned but the prior remodel gives the impression of these addresses being part of the same building. Google’s satellite image reveals that the 112 Washington Avenue building is long and narrow with the adjacent building being wider and less deep – almost certainly the Stack Block. Which leaves the 112 Washington Avenue address, then as now, the location of the Ideal Theater. While it appears to be the original building, it has been so greatly altered that no likely trace remains.

BillyOK on January 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

The building to the right was the old ELKS BAKERY.

It was open the last time I visited NY in 1985. Brought back a lot of memories.

bakes837 on December 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

110 Washington Ave is currently the site of North Brewing Co. Having been in that building, I do not know how or where a theater may have fit. I would guess that 116 Washington was likely the site of the Ideal Theater.