Astor Theatre

101 3rd Street,
Troy, NY 12180

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The Majestic Theatre was opened in early-1912. It was listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 edition. In 1923 it was renamed Astor Theatre and was still open in early-1931. Today the site is a parking lot.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm

The January 16, 1912, issue of The Troy Times had this item:

“Boyer and Rosenthal, who will shortly open the Majestic Theatre at 103 Third Street—the Shyne property—took out a license to-day. They expect to be ready the latter part of this week or early next week.”
The January 18, 1945, issue of The Times Record said that the Majestic Theatre was to be converted into facilities for the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The auditorium floor was to be leveled and a second floor installed in the space to accommodate lounges, a recreation room, rest rooms, and offices. The ground floor would house a meeting hall and kitchen facilities. Although the Majestic closed in the mid-1920s, the rebuilding plans indicate that auditorium was still intact in 1945.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on July 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1912. In 1923, the Majestic became the Astor Theatre. It was acquired by the VFW for its auditorium but the plans stalled during WW2 and was ready to go by November of 1946.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 17, 2015 at 12:11 am

I’m not sure how long the Astor operated on a regular basis, but at least as late as early 1931 it was still capable of mounting shows and showing movies. The January 2, 1931, issue of The Troy Times had an ad for the Astor’s run of an Earl Carroll production called Unguarded Girls, touted as “A Gripping—Thought-Compelling Stage and Film Attraction Every Adult Should See.”

The shows were continuous from 1 to 5 and 7 to 11. In between they probably gave the “Special Performances for Male Adults Only” that the ad noted. All seats were 50c.

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