618 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Alliance Theater Corp.
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Char-Bell Theatre, Times Theatre, Times 2 Theatre
The Char-Bell opened in 1924, on Main Street in Rochester. The name comes from its first owners, Charles and Belle Krieghbaum. The 780-seat theater was constructed in an existing building that formerly housed an auto dealership. Originally, in addition to silent films, the theater hosted ocassional live events. The Char-Bell was renamed the Times in 1942 after it came under new ownership.
The theater closed in 1973, but reopened a year later under new owners. In 1979, the Times was twinned. In 1985, a fire caused damage to the theater. However, the Times Cinema was repaired and remodeled and once again reopened. It remained open until closing on January 1, 2014 when it was unable to afford the cost to convert to digital projection.
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