Towne Theatre

20 North Market Street,
Johnstown, NY 12095

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Smalley’s Johnstown Theatre was built on the site of the Grand Theatre, and opened in 1928. The theatre featured vaudeville, special stage events, and movies during its long history. It was renamed Towne Theatre in 1960, and closed in the 1970’s.

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ERD
ERD on March 31, 2004 at 9:45 am

For many years Smalley’s remained the only theatre in Johnstown. It was built on the site of the old Grand theatre.

ERD
ERD on March 23, 2008 at 9:23 am

The picture comes from JOHNSTOWN (Images of America) by Lewis G. Decker.Published by Arcadia.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Smalley’s Johnstown Theatre was built in 1928 on the site of the Grand Theatre, which burned early that year.

The obituary of Hazel Smalley, widow of William Smalley, was published in the February 5, 1969, issue of the Leader-Herald newspaper. It said that Smalley’s Johnstown Theatre had been renamed the Towne Theatre in 1960.

Kris4077
Kris4077 on August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

I lived on Market st in Johnstown for a few years and this building is still there it is now stores with apartments upstairs. I know this because in Lewis Deckers book of Johnstown, The picture of smalleys says that it was across the street from the YMCA, the YMCA building is still there, this building has very unique molding design below its windows on the upper stories it is a round flower shaped design, these are still on the building today. The last time I saw it one section of the building was painted a different color than the rest, probably denoting a different owner. I will try the next time I go to visit my mother to get a photograph of it.

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