Orpheum Theater

272 Main Street,
Johnson City, NY 13790

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Briefly mentioned in “Bygone Binghamton,” the Orpheum (or Orphium, the Press is unclear on this point) in Lestershire (now Johnson City) is probably the most obscure of all Triple Cities movie houses. Only two mentions of it have been found thus far, both documenting its opening on Saturday, November 7, 1908. Described as a “nickel theater”, it had the usual program of movies and “illustrated songs.”

The article gives the address as 116 Main Street, which under the old Lestershire numbering would have put the nickelodeon on the south side of the street, probably somewhere around, or just east of, the Red Robin Diner. Previous tenants in the building were a plumbing firm. I was not able to find record of any tenants after the theater.

Given the dearth of further information, it is likely the Orpheum Theater did not last long, but it was, briefly, Johnson City’s first purpose-made movie theater.

Contributed by Adam Marsland

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BillyOK on January 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

That building is the old Woolworth Department Store. It closed when Woolworths went out of business. Not sure when it closed.

BillyOK on March 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Sorry, it was the Old McCrorys—-Woolworths was across the street. My Bad.

adamghost on January 26, 2016 at 2:59 am

It wasn’t in that building, anyway. More likely where the Red Robin was, but either way the building is long gone.

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