Crest Theatre

244 Main Street,
Binghamton, NY 13905

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The 1,015-seat Suburban Theatre opened on June 18, 1928 with Mary Pickford in “My Best Girl”. It retained the Suburban Theatre name until at least 1950.

This big old classic movie theatre was destroyed to make room for a drug store which never opened. It was the site of the world premiere of “The Twilight Zone” movie.

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jackrainman
jackrainman on October 14, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Rod Serling was BCHS’s most famous alumnus. Around 1977-1978, the auditorium in Binghamton Central High School had a major electrical fire one night. My homeroom was on the 2nd floor, right across the hall from the doors to the balcony. Over the years, everyone who was ever on stage crew carved their names into the wood trim backstage. The auditorium took over a year to renovate and when it was finished, all of the names were painted over with white paint EXCEPT Rod Serling’s! I know the school underwent a major renovation in the early 1980’s. Don’t know if they saved it.

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Sure hope they did, if they had regard for….history!

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2008 at 7:22 pm

…..or any degree of regard for…history! Let us know if you can!

jeffreyt
jeffreyt on December 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Was this theatre previously known as the Suburban ? I have aquired some movie flyers from 1938 “West Side Famuly Theatre” W. H. Manny- Manager. There is no address on this

generalenigma
generalenigma on December 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Yes, jeffret … The Crest Theatre was originally The Suburban Theatre. I am unclear as to when the name changed. I am currently working on a Triple Cities theatres history project involving going through the microfilms of the newspaper in the Broome County Library to gradually gather all this information. But it is a very long slow process. It takes me about 3 hours to look through each month of microfilm !!! When I come across the definitive information, I will let you know !!

steve_verno
steve_verno on May 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

My grandfather, Charles F. Davis managed this theater until his death in 1975. When he played El Cid in the 1960s, the lobby was decked out like the fight scene. They did things with class back then. He demanded all male employees wear a Tuxedo and all female employees wear dresses. In the ticke booth he had a sign that said Admission 5 Cents. My father managed The Jarvis down the street on Main Street.

BenSunness
BenSunness on March 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

My grandfather, Samuel Sunness, owned the Jarvis, Crest, Art and Airport DriveIn theatres. I too spent many Saturday and Sundays there, free of charge. If I remember correctly, if you brought your own container the popcorn was free, Anyone remember that?

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I was probably past the age when you could get anything for free, but I remember the vending machines in the hallway where you could get soda when the concession stand was closed. The little paper cup would come down, get filled with the clear carbonated liquid, and then the flavored syrup would come down. My favorite was the cherry flavor. I saw many movies at this theater, but my most vivid memory was seeing Bambi. Anyone who has seen Bambi should know why.

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I know the person who is the manager of the theater in the Binghamton High School building. I will ask about the Serling name carving. The theater in the HS building was named the Helen Foley Theater after Rod’s high school drama teacher. The school also has a Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, which my son is a graduate of. There is a bkack and white portrait of Rod on his diploma.

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

The high school theater recently underwent major renovations again in ‘09/'10.

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