Crescent Theatre

451 S. Salina Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202

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The Crescent Theatre opened in the Cahill Building on December 20, 1909, presenting both vaudeville and movies. It was closed as a silent movie theatre on June 3, 1929. The entire block in which the theatre building was once located was demolished in the 1980’s for the construction of the Galleries office and retail complex.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Our Movie Houses: A History of Film and Cinematic Innovation in Central New York, by Norman O. Keim, says that the Crescent Theatre lasted only through the silent era. The Crescent was the first large theater built by the Cahill brothers on South Salina Street, and the first theater in Syracuse built specifically for movie exhibition.

dallasmovietheaters on December 13, 2022 at 5:54 pm

The Crescent Theatre grand opening ad from December 20, 1909 is in photos. The theatre was closed permanently without converting to sound on June 3, 1929 and converted for other purposes. However, the theater had a high profile, “grand closing” event the previous night on June 2, 1929.

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