Crandell Theatre

46-48 Main Street,
Chatham, NY 12037

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The Crandell Theatre

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The Crandell Theatre, Columbia County’s oldest and largest theater, is located upstate New York in the village of Chatham. An architectural gem, the Crandell Theatre has remained basically unchanged since it was built as a vaudeville house. It was opened on December 25, 1926 by Walter S. Crandell, a Chatham native and local banker. The opening program was a Jules Verne photoplay, which entertained a packed house.

The Crandell Theatre is designed Spanish Renaissance style, of brick and stucco at the cost of about $100,000 in pre-depression dollars. The theater seats 534 patrons, with 112 of the seats in the balcony. The stage is 26 feet wide and 13 feet deep. The Crandell Theatre is owned by the Chatham Film Club Inc., and it is home to the annual FilmColumbia Film Festival.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2009 at 3:44 am

Should you decide to visit this theater, one question that should be asked is “Why Pink”? :)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

“Lost Memory” is always all too happy to share other people'a photos, usually without asking their permission. I doubt if he’ll “find” anymore until some other person adds them to an internet scrapbook.

MPol on February 17, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Thanks, Lost Memory. The Crandell Theatre’s marquee looks kind of like an old-fashioned, but fun-looking marquee. Very cheerful.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Your welcome MPol. This looks like a nice neighborhood theater. I wonder if “Pretty in Pink” is ever shown here during one of their film festivals.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Chuck….All of this has been explained to that individual a number of times. For some unknown reason, he just doesn’t get it. He also doesn’t say anything about other people linking to Flickr, webshots or other photos on the internet. Only the links that I post seem to be a problem with him. I wonder why only my links are a problem.

MPol on February 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm

The Crandell Theatre looks like the type of theatre where “Pretty in Pink” would be shown, doesn’t it?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 2:51 am

The year given for this photo is 1985 although “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was released in 1981.

CSWalczak on June 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

The theater has been closed since January, 2010, but will reopen under the ownership of the Chatham Film Club, not-for-profit group: View link

ivanmlincoln on June 19, 2010 at 2:12 am

The Crandell Theatre’s web site (click on the Web address at the top of this page), includes a short YouTube video about the theater, including some interior shots.
Looks like a nifty old theater that is still in good shape — a real rarity these days.

gd14lawn on September 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

I made my first visit to the Crandell last night. The staff were very friendly and the theatre was a treat. It is in fairly good condition and the non-profit which is running it seems excited to improve it.

The screen appears new and the projection was sharp. The seats on the main floor have been replaced as some point and the balcony seats are original. The balcony was closed when I was there.

I’m terrible with names but I spoke to the person in the box office (Stan, I think) who was kind enough to show me the balcony and the projection booth.

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