Upstate Films

132 Tinker Street,
Woodstock, NY 12498

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Previous Names: Tinker Street Cinema

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Upstate Films

The Tinker Street Cinema is a single screen theater housed in a former church. As far as I can tell, this theater opened in the late-1960’s. Mostly foreign and independent films are shown here. Around 2010 it was renamed Upstate Films. It was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The closure was made permanent in May 2021.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm

The video is not really so brief it has 20 parts to it. In the third part she mentions that the theater has 160 seats. The 20 sections would be good for someone to watch who knows nothing about the movie theater business or anyone who is thinking of going into the movie theater business.

I wonder what kind of organ the church had?

kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Here is a June 2004 photo from Michael Moore’s website:

kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I think we have a lot more churches that used to be theaters than the converse.

rjm32 on January 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

My parents, Bill (designer) and Hilde (architect/civil engineer) Militello, purchased the Methodist Church in 1967 and created the Tinker Street Cinema. My father, a dedicated theater organ enthusiast, installed an Austin three-manual, fifteen rank theater organ complete with toy counter, chimes, drums, and marimba. The organ was purchased from the Paramount Theater in New Jersey. An article in The Woodstock Week (vol 3, no. 16, April 20, 1967) gives further details about the origin of the Tinker Street Cinema. I’ll ask the Woodstock Historical Society if the article can be made available online.

UnknownCinemaDude on March 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

i seen the pictures and videos, of the tinker street cinema , i want to say to the owner thats a cute little cinema , thanks for posting the videos and letting us all look at your theatre .

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

Name still needs to be changed

settimio613 on August 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Did you know[very doubtful!] that Jimi Hendrix played here on 8.10.1969. He rented a house up the road where he rehearsed and he played here that night!! I am listening to it now,,,,,,just got the recording. It sounds like Jimi Hendrix with a Jazz ensemble!

Ciao,,,,,,Roberto “Capo di Capo” Keep Lighting Up The Darkness"

Valley Forge, Pa.

markzip on May 8, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Upstate Films Woodstock location (Formerly Tinker Street Cinema) has closed.

The Upstate Films organization, which had leased the theatre for several years, continues to operate in their original Rhinebeck, NY location.

Local press reports suggest that the owner of the building is searching for a new leaseholder to continue operating as a movie theatre.

ridethectrain on May 8, 2021 at 6:03 pm

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