Broad Theatre

282 West Main Street,
Rochester, NY 14614

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Broad Theatre

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The Empire Theatre opened prior to 1899. The name was changed to the Broad Theatre in 1934. The Broad Theatre is listed in the 1938 Film Daily Yearbook as closed with 600 seats.

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Chris1982 on May 14, 2014 at 7:33 am

Became the Broad Theatre in 1934.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

The Empire Theatre in Rochester is on a list of theaters designed by Leon H. Lempert & Son that was published in the 1906-1907 edition of the Cahn guide.

An article in the September 9, 1899, issue of the Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Daily News referred to the Empire Theatre as “Rochester’s new playhouse.”

The movie of the first complete boxing match filmed with electric lights, the Jeffries-Sharkey bout of November 3, 1899, was shown at the Empire. This might have been the first time a movie was shown at the house.

peterscribner on January 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

According to “Rochester on the Genesee”, by Blake McKelvey, the theater at the northeast corner of Main Street and North Clinton Avenue was called “Wonderland”, remodeled from the “Musee” in 1894. Two Edison kinetoscopes were installed in the front lobby (around 1894) A year later projected motion pictures were presented at Wonderland. The theater changed its name to The Empire and was demolished in 1904 to make way for the Sibley building (See also, “Its Showtime in Rochester”, by Donovan Shilling).

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