Joylan Theatre

11 W. Main Street,
Springville, NY 14141

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JOYLAN Theatre; Springville, New York.

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The Joylan Theatre with its seating capacity of nearly 700 is both spacious and impressive. Ted and Debby have owned the Joylan Theatre since 1995 and treat it like a member of the family. It’s always immaculate and tidy.

The Joylan Theatre is open six days per week and pretty much a family run operation. Its newer projectors, DDS, and new air conditioning system make the Joylan Theatre a great place to see a movie.

The Joylan Theatre opened on October 4, 1949, and sucessfully combined two architectural diciplines. The Art Deco style exterior and Art Moderne style interior compliment each other quite nicely. The Joylan’s auditorium is simple but impressive. The three arches which span the auditorium with their indirect neon lighting are both unique and spectacular. The streamlined ticket wicket and blonde wood trim and paneling typify the period of the theatre.

I’ve attended the Joylan Theatre probably 20 times and enjoyed every visit. When in Western New York, take in a movie at the Joylan Theatre, you won’t be disappointed.

Contributed by Richard Grows

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Patsy
Patsy on November 21, 2006 at 7:47 am

I’m repeating myself and therefore apologize!

Patsy
Patsy on November 21, 2006 at 7:55 am

Cinema Tour gives the opening year as 1947 and no interior photo.

richardg
richardg on March 3, 2007 at 4:26 pm

Today, March 3, 2007, I revisited the Joylan and saw a first run film. “Wild Hogs”. There were about 250 people at the 4:00 p.m. showing. Pretty good turn out for a small town single screen theatre.
The owner and I talked and she revealed something that many of us already know; which is, how difficult it is for a single screen, low admission price ($5.50) to get first run releases. Anyway, they managed to get “Wild Hogs” in its first week of release and it looks like they’ll do quite well with it.

Patsy
Patsy on June 29, 2007 at 10:28 am

This theatre is just as nice as it looks in the photo! The citizens of Springville NY are very fortunate to have it. The special polished ceramic exterior tiles are very special and not seen very often.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 22, 2008 at 8:54 am

“Water Horse – Legend of the Deep” was released in the United States on December 25, 2007.

apferrando
apferrando on May 21, 2008 at 11:57 am

Sorry… a little late to the game on this. Cinema Tour says 1947 as the opening year… that is wrong. My great-grandfather Peter was the original owner of the Joylan, he built it and ran it until he passed… it opened in 1949. In 1947 he purchased the other Joylan in Springville, as the other one was built. After he passed, my great aunt took it over with her husband, Al. My grandfather was the one that was to take it over, but he passed it to her as she and her husband worked there more than him and understood the business better. As Al got too old, as he was running the projector 6 nights a week, with my grandfather running it the 7th, they sold it out of the family.

Patsy
Patsy on May 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm

OJOF: Interesting family theater history! Thanks.

ajoy
ajoy on September 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

On Octopber 4, 2009 the Joylan Theatre will be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary. We will be holding a reception at 1:00 pm and showing the movie that the theatre opened with in 1949 at 2:00 pm. The movie “That Midnight Kiss” stars Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza. Admission will be the same price as in 1949. All are welcome so please come out and help us celebrate 60 great years of movie magic!

AshburnFilmWorks
AshburnFilmWorks on October 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

Hi, I am looking for contact information for the Joylan Theatre, but all I can find is the number for an automated message telling me what movies are playing. I cannot find a single number to contact the theatre and talk to a human being.

I am a local filmmaker and I would like to speak to the owner(s). If anyone knows how to get in touch with them, please let me know. Thanks.

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