Reg Lenna Civic Center

116 E. Third Street,
Jamestown, NY 14701

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Greenpoint
Greenpoint on August 1, 2014 at 1:53 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwnx3qpb1mo

Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz arrive for Movie Premiere in Jamestown NY, 1956

Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2008 at 2:17 am

Correction: The second link should be

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Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2008 at 2:14 am

The first link before is the Winter Garden and the seond link is the Post Journal Winter Garden article.

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Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

LuisV: The citizens of Jamestown are very fortunate to have restored “the Reg” downtown and it would be nice to see “the other” theatre downtown restored….the Winter Garden.

LuisV
LuisV on March 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm

The photo provided above by Lost Memory shows a drab, univiting marquee that most people wouldn’t give a second look at. However, when you look at the home page for the Reg Lenna website, the auditorium looks quite handsome and a very pleasant contrast to the outside face to Jamestown. It’s a shmae that the marquee doesn’t appear to equal the quality of the interior.

Patsy
Patsy on March 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm

This is a special theatre and one that was saved by the late Reginald Lenna and his generous contribution. Thanks Reg.

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2007 at 5:36 am

I just saw a wonderful Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Reg tonight so if you get a chance to see and hear Tom Tiratto…..you won’t be disappointed. http://www.sinatra-tribute.com/index.html

ChrisB
ChrisB on September 1, 2006 at 4:39 pm

I’m posting some links to inside photos of the Wintergarden on its page today.

Patsy
Patsy on July 10, 2006 at 10:52 pm

Movie Bob: Great to read your post about the Wintergarden so I will be sending you a personal email very soon!

Samanthakitty
Samanthakitty on July 10, 2006 at 10:30 pm

The Wintergarden at one point was the jewel of the theatres in Jamestown. We had a total of seven theatres in downtown Jamestown. The Wintergarden was (is) located on North Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets. As a theatre geek, I worked there in the early 80’s and yes it was in bad shape then.

In the early 60’s there was a fire that gutted the Wintergaden pretty badly. When the theatre was restored, half the balconcy was removed, and the house was simply painted, none of the ornate features were restored. The stage and pit were also removed at this time.

There is a small space under the screen where these is some storage space for the marquee letters. Now here is a trivia fact the marquee for the Wintergarden was large enough to accomidate seven rows of letters. It was a real scary thing climbing a latter and changing them, especially on the downward (the side facing Third street) as it was on a hill. In the winter it was not uncommon to see only two lines on that side of the marquee.

It is true that in its last few years of life it was in bad shape. The original red neon block two level Winter Garden sign was half out, the neon inside the marquee was dead, they even went so far as to install for spots lights to shine on the marquee. The underside of the marquee had neon that had also been removed, and the original box-office covered.

The WinterGarden died a most horrible death for a grand old lady, and today sits empty.

BTW- the seven theatres downtown? The Roosevelt, Strand, Royal, & majstic – all were in Brooklyn Square, distroyed in the early 70’s – I have no memory of them. The Palace (now the Reg Civic Center, The Allen Opera House (then Sheas Theatre and now the home of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre)

I am looking for old photos of any and all of the old theatres of my hometown, or just great old stories for my personal website (Remember I am a theatre geek) If you have them, contact me at , or post them to me via my website www.samanthakitty.com I have opened 12 “New Grand Mega-plexes” for my employer over the years, but there is “Nothing like a dame” ..

Patsy
Patsy on September 10, 2005 at 12:15 am

Also in the article is the name Misty Sorensen, Director of Marketing and Publicity who was or still is with the Reg Lenna Civic Center so a call to her may just be in order!

Patsy
Patsy on September 10, 2005 at 12:13 am

TC: The link that you provided on Aug. 26 talks about a Marr & Colton pipe organ that was in this theatre…..“Reports place it in an upstate theater, where it is still in working order.”

Patsy
Patsy on August 27, 2005 at 1:40 am

Randyloveslucy: Correction…the Lucy site is www.lucy-desi.com So if you are a Lucy fan and haven’t visited this site or attended either the May Lucy Festival or the one in August, I urge you to do so as you won’t be disappointed!

Patsy
Patsy on August 27, 2005 at 1:36 am

The Reg Lenna is not atmospheric, but perhaps prior to renovation it had this unique ceiling design. I wish it still had its original organ or an organ, period! I think it once had an orchestra pit, but not sure.

Patsy
Patsy on August 26, 2005 at 6:52 pm

TC: Thanks as I will now check out the above library site and the Wintergarden CT site.

teecee
teecee on August 26, 2005 at 4:31 pm

Newspaper articles from the opening and 60th anniversary (be sure to click all links at the top):
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PS The Wintergarden has been recently posted on CT.

Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2005 at 3:09 am

Kevin: The only other CT theatre named Wintergarden seems to be in Sydney Australia so perhaps the Jamestown Wintergarden should be listed, too with whatever correct information can be included. Thanks.

Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2005 at 3:01 am

Kevin: Email me at as I’d like to tell you about the Jamestown Forum where I have posted your Wintergarden Theatre remarks for past and present Jamestown residents to read and comment on.

Patsy
Patsy on April 1, 2005 at 2:36 am

Kevin: Thanks so much for your Winter Garden memories. From your description it sounds like the theatre was within the block and not on a corner.

lebretsdad3
lebretsdad3 on April 1, 2005 at 2:28 am

The Wintergarden still stands between third and forth streets in Jamestown. I don’t recall the exact cross steet it is on.

The Wintergarden never was as grand as the Palace.

I remember seeing movies in the Wintergarden as a kid in the sixties.
I don’t remember much of my impression of it as a kid, except for the fact that it was in sad condition even then.

I don’t think it is used for anything now. It appears to be abandoned and standing idle. Boarded up doors, etc.

The facade is (and ever was) unimpressive.
There are some large second story windows (facing the cross street) which are now painted over in an olive drab.

As I remember from my youth, the large second story windows illuminated a mezzanine/lobby/foyer leading to the balcony.
But I could be wrong about that.
It’s been almost forty years since I last set foot in the Wintergarden.

Patsy
Patsy on March 29, 2005 at 3:01 am

Randyloveslucy: Go to www.lucy-desi.org and you can read more about Lucille Ball and the annual Lucy Festival. Do you know exactly where the former Wintergarden was located in downtown Jamestown and what is in that location now? I do wish that the name Palace could be returned to the Reg Lenna Civic Center…perhaps the Lenna Palace?

Cameraman
Cameraman on January 17, 2005 at 1:55 pm

I saw My first Movies there when I was in 4th or 5th grade. The Shaggy Dog and The Absent Minder Professor. I live in a 3 appartment house that summer while My Parents had a new house built and the Neighbor Lady took My Sister and Myself and Her Kids to see the Movies. She made up bags of goodies to eat and it must be You could take Your own food in back then. I have been there since it became the Reg Lenna Civic Center with Kids School. Reg Lenna was My Dads Company He worked for’s Owner and A great guy. I never got to see Jamestowns other Theater, The Wintergarden.

Patsy
Patsy on December 13, 2004 at 12:19 am

Did realize this was considered an “atmospheric” theatre.