Lincoln Theatre

702 Jay Street,
Rochester, NY 14611

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Lincoln Theatre

The Lincoln Theatre opened prior to 1913 and continued operating into the 1950’s. The Lincoln Theatre is listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook with 700 seats. It suffered a small fire on May 26, 1958 which closed the theatre.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

Pages 85 through 89 of Donovan Shilling’s book Rochester’s Movie Mania features a number of advertisements and early programs from the Lincoln Theatre (Google Books preview.) One program advertises movies from the Kinemacolor company, which thrived around 1913 (the year they released their three-real version of War and Peace, which appeared at the Lincoln on November 22-23.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

This item is from the August 2, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The Lincoln moving picture theater, 700 Jay street, Rochester, has been improved by the addition of a large balcony. Harry Wick, manager of this house, is well known among moving picture men in that city. Hundreds of children are included among the patrons of his theater. Mr. Wick is noted for continually introducing novelties at his house. Not long ago when he presented ‘Alkali Ike’s Home Coming,’ he wanted to add realism to the part of the scene showing the hero welcomed by the village musicians. Mr. Wick hired a band for the occasion at a considerable expense. When the picture of the band serenading "Alkali Ike” appeared, the real band, concealed behind the curtain, struck up a lively air, and Mr. Wick found his spectators aroused to great enthusiasm.“
700-702 Jay Street is at the northwest corner of Jay and Child Streets, which is now a parking lot, so the Lincoln Theatre has been demolished.

killiancork6 on June 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Wrong, the lincoln theatre is the building shown in the above picture. That is 700-702 Jay st. I am the current owner of the building. It is now Alpha Fence company.

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