Cinema Art

289 River Street,
Troy, NY 12180

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CINEMA ART THEATRE

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The American Theatre opened as a movie house in downtown Troy in the early-1920’s. It had a twin, the State (Rose) Theatre on 4th Street which was torn down in the 1960’s for a parking lot.

By 1941, the American Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp., followed by the Fabian Theaters chain in the late-1940’s. It converted over to adult films in the early-1970’s, and showed them until March 2006 when the theatre was raided by the police and closed down. The theatre lobby and auditorium are still very original.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Plantweed
Plantweed on March 17, 2006 at 5:04 am

Since at least the early ‘90s this theater was converted into video projection. I hope they dump the porn and make it a real 2nd-run specialty theater.

blogger21
blogger21 on April 14, 2006 at 9:00 pm

Plantweed, it will never happen
if porn isn’t your thing, then avert your attention to something that is
if you want to see a movie, go to a movie theater
if you want to see porn, go to an adult theater.
those who are opposed shouldn’t meddle, they should mind; you know … their own business

joemasher
joemasher on July 5, 2007 at 9:38 pm

This theater is closed, and the marquee has been removed from the building. It’s currently for sale. It would make a GREAT art house, and could easily be divided into two or three screens.

avkid
avkid on August 20, 2007 at 9:27 pm

I was in Troy today on business. After I completed my scheduled tasks for the day I walked around downtown Troy for about two hours taking pictures of old buildings being given new life.
I wandered around taking pictures until I got hungry, just barely a block from the cafe I was considering, were the telltale steel remnants of a marquee and the curved entry of a movie house.
The building has almost totally been stripped of architectural importance, save the leaf pendant on the very tip of the building.
Here are the pictures:
View link

Plantweed
Plantweed on August 27, 2007 at 7:12 am

Vintage ads for the Cinema Art can be found here:
http://plantweed.blogspot.com/search?q=cinema+art

avkid
avkid on October 16, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Any updates on the future of the Cinema Art?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2008 at 10:46 am

The theater is advertising “talking sound pictures” in this photo, which probably dates it around 1928:
http://tinyurl.com/27zapd

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 2, 2008 at 7:11 am

Still closed. See my photos of the building http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/7874.html

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 25, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Saw this theatre while on a bike trip 2 weeks ago. Still closed of course and really hard to get around the back to see the building since it’s right over the railroad tracks.

joemasher
joemasher on January 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

Shoeshoe, are you sure you had the right building? Threre are no railroad tracks anywhere near this building.

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