Mayfair Theater

1249 Ulster Avenue,
Kingston, NY 12401

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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres

Functions: Retail

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The Mayfair Theater opened as a single screen 900-seat theatre in 1966. It was twinned in 1979 and closed in the 1980’s

Contributed by RobertR

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joemasher on December 30, 2005 at 6:59 am

The Mayfair was at one time a Walter Reade Theatre. It was located across the street from the current Hudson Valley Mall, and has been demolished for parking.

patriquem1 on April 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm

The building is not demolished. It was converted to a tire dealership and remains open as such. That conversion would have entailed a whole lotta concrete, to level out the sloped floor. The “screen” end of the floor was below the water table, and that end of the building tended to flood. A sump pump was brought in to mitigate the problem, but you can imagine how annoyingly loud that would have been during a show. I worked in the Mayfair, first as an usher, and later as a projectionist, on and off from 1968 through 1978. I spent many an evening climbing up a ladder to change the marquee shown in the photo above. It opened as a single-screen theatre with 900 seats in 1966, and was twinned in 1979. I think it closed for good in the early ‘80’s.

jimpanza on March 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

I have to say that I remember as a young boy. I am about 30 now driving to Burger King which was in the front of the Mayflowers parking lot and seeing this building as it is in the picture above. I think it would have been cool to get to see the inside of the place before it became that tire dealer. The front of the building has the same layout but the colors have changed and the theater part is gone of course. It was cool to see even when it was all borded up

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