114 State Street,
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Previously operated by: Dipson Circuit
Architects: Carl W. Tanner
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Amusu Theatre
The Amusu Theatre was opened July 28, 1913 with “Mexican Conspiracy Outgeneraled”. The manager was A.L. Walter. It was renamed Capitol Theater on October 5, 1925 with Richard Dix in “The Lucky Devil”. It was remodeled in 1949 to the plans of Elmira architect Carl W. Tanner. It had a major makeover in the late-1950’s, glass doors, streamlined front. It was owned and operated by the Dipson chain of Batavia, NY from at least the early-1940’s on.
The Capitol Theater was inundated in the 1972 flood and was remodeled. The Chemung Canal bank aquired it in the 1980’s for an expanded parking lot. I remember it always featured films for a non-youth audience, those played the Elmira Theater across the street or the Colonial Theater two blocks west.
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