John D. Archbold Theatre
820 E Genesee Street,
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The Regent Theatre opened on August 22, 1914 at a cost of $100,000. The original owner was University Theatres, Inc., operated by Merton H. Schwartz. The auditorium seated 1,500, with 1,200 on the floor, and another 300 in box seats throughout the house. By the 1930’s, Kallet Theatres, Inc. owned the house, and operated it as a “second run exclusive” theatre for about twenty years. The Kallets remodeled it extensively in 1938.
In 1958, the Kallets sold the theatre to Syracuse University, who renamed it the John D. Archbold Theatre. In 1974, the theatre was made the centerpiece of the new Syracuse Stage company productions, where live shows are presented there to this day.
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