Cattaraugus County Center For the Performing Arts

10 Main Street,
Salamanca, NY 14779

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

While the John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records from the Wolfsonian Library lists five theaters that John Eberson designed for the Schine circuit, the Seneca Theatre is not among them. In fact, Salamanca is not mentioned in the records at all. I wonder if the theater is just missing from the Wolfsonian’s archive, or if it has been mis-attributed to the Ebersons?

Patsy
Patsy on May 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Any interior photos?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 15, 2010 at 5:01 am

Now thats quite a long name for a theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 22, 2007 at 4:37 pm

P.S. Naylor also describes the Seneca’s original style as “late Art Deco.”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 22, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Since 11/06, posters have identified John and Drew Eberson as architects, but the introduction still says “unknown.” Why? David Naylor claims the Ebersons in his book, “"Great American Movie Theaters. Naylor also says that for the reopening as the Cattargus County Arts Center, "the Seneca interior has been adapted to include a 650-seat playhouse, art galleries, a dance studio and meeting rooms.” Since Naylor’s book was published in 1987, that configuration might no longer be true.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on November 12, 2006 at 11:41 pm

Patsy: Later in his life and practice, father and son often joined forces to work on projects. There are quite a few theaters that list both John and Drew as the architects of record.

I have visited it as it was part of the Schine Theater Chain and it really is a lovely little place. It has been quite altered inside due to a couple of floodings and to create more servicable areas to meet the theaters needs. But the facade and marquee are still quite nice and they have started a “Walk of Fame” in front of the theater. Of course Ray Evans is the first and biggest star!

Patsy
Patsy on November 12, 2006 at 12:39 am

Ray Evans, the songwriter of such enduring standards as “Mona Lisa”, “Silver Bells”, “Que Sera, Sera” and “Buttons and Bows,” was born in Salamanca, New York on February 4, 1915.

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Patsy
Patsy on November 12, 2006 at 12:35 am

This theatre was also known as the Ray Evans Theatre as he was Salamanca and wrote Silver Bells.

Patsy
Patsy on November 12, 2006 at 12:32 am

On Cinema Tour this theatre is listed and the architects are mentioned as being John Eberson AND Drew Eberson. Can anyone verify this? Also on Cinema Tour it lists the theatre as seating 1150 and built in 1942. Also on Cinema Tour a Cattaraugus Theatre in listed in Cattaraugus NY (14 Washington) that is now closed.

DavidChapman
DavidChapman on March 9, 2006 at 4:52 am

Patsy: I’ve only been to Cattaraugus a couple of times in my life so I dont know when they ended. Sorry

Patsy
Patsy on March 7, 2006 at 12:25 pm

David Chapman: Thanks for your memories. Do you know when the theatre days ended in Cattaraugus?

DavidChapman
DavidChapman on March 7, 2006 at 5:31 am

My grandfather Alden Lundergan was the projectionist until I believe 1969. I remember him taking me upstairs to the booth sometimes when he worked. Dolores Rettburg was the lady in the ticket window inside. Those days seem so far away.

Patsy
Patsy on November 10, 2005 at 7:19 pm

I’ve just been told that in Cattaraugus New York there was a Cattaraugus Theatre. This theatre is listed on Cinema Tour as being closed. Does anyone have any additional information?

Patsy
Patsy on December 15, 2004 at 2:04 am

This theatre is less than 50 miles from the Reg Lenna Theatre in Jamestown NY and the Reg is listed on this theatre website.

muviebuf
muviebuf on January 16, 2004 at 6:01 pm

The correct spelling is Cattaraugus County, not Cattaragus County. The theatre is also now sometimes known as the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Center.

William
William on January 16, 2004 at 4:57 pm

The Seneca Theatre is located at 10 Main Street and it seated 1272 people when it was a movie theatre.