Norbury Theater

73 Center Street,
Ellenville, NY 12428

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Previously operated by: Kallet Theaters Inc.

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Norbury - Ellenville, NY

Listed as operating from at least 1941, the Norbury Theater showed first run films up until about 1973. It’s located one block from the Shadowland Theater, which continued to show movies until the early-1980’s and is now used for live performances.

I hope others in this area can provide more information on this theater.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

rrhobbs on April 27, 2011 at 11:41 am

I was in Ellenville recently, it looks like a car service is operating out of the front of the building. Not open for any kind of shows as far as I can tell

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

The correct address for the Norbury Theatre is 73 Center Street. The current occupant of the building is Abe’s Taxi Services, the same outfit that was there in the 1988 photo lostmemory linked to.

A book called “Wawarsing,” by Pamela Kuhlmann, has a postcard photo of this theater postmarked 1913, when it was called Norbury Hall.

The caption says that it became a movie theater in later years, but it doesn’t give the dates. However, the brick and tile front seen in the 1988 photo wasn’t on the building in 1913. The tile looks art deco, and as it was quite likely installed when the hall was converted into a movie house, that probably happened during the late 1920s or early 1930s.

This building is probably very old. The 1913 era facade is of a style that was popular in the 1859s and 1860s, but it looks like it was added onto an even earlier wooden building that could easily date from the late 18th or early 19th century.

buckstadrusso on July 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

In 1904, the Pioneer Fire Company wanted to build a clubhouse. Mrs. John F. (Sarah) Norbury was so generous that they named the building Norbury Hall. She was even given a Solid silver loving cup with the inscription"Presented to Mrs. John F. Norbury as a token of our regard and grateful recognition of her friendly interest in our welfare. Pioneer Engine Company, Number One, Ellenville, NY. Nov. 1904.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for unearthing the construction date for this theater, buckstadrusso. I guess methods of construction didn’t change very much over the decades in this small town. Now that I look at the photo again, I can see that what looks like a facade in one of the revival styles of the mid-19th century could also have been inspired by the Mission Revival of the 1890s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The address for the Norbury Theatre still needs to be corrected to 73 Center Street.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The entrance to Norbury Hall is now around the back from where the cab company is. Live performances are held there occasionally.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

A more recent photo of Norbury Hall illustrates this article from the Ellenville Journal.

This web page says that there will be an auction of antiques and collectibles held at Norbury Hall on September 30 (the page will probably vanish after that day.) I can’t find any other events scheduled for the hall, but anyone who wants to see the inside can go bid on some antiques.

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