Dipson Theater

38 W. Main Street,
Batavia, NY 14020

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richardg on February 20, 2022 at 1:52 pm

I was lucky enough to see this theatre right when it changed to a place of worship. It still looked very much like a theatre inside and its art moderne interior design was spotless. There was an abundance of flowers throughout so I’m thinking it might have been their first service. Dipson was a powerhouse movie chain in its day but today operates only a few theatres. Shame it’s gone

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2019 at 8:36 pm

A document listing events in Genesee County says that the groundbreaking for the Dipson Theatre at Batavia took place in 1946. The month is not given, so the house might have opened in either 1946 or 1947.

Texas2step on July 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm

A 1950 ad shows an address of 36-38 Main.

robboehm on November 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

Images of this theater also appear in the You Tube video “Downtown Batavia As It Once Was”.

robboehm on November 11, 2015 at 10:24 am

Uploaded three photos. Two show the demolition approaching the Dipson. The third is a painting of how the area looked in the day.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

In Google Street View or Bing Maps Bird’s-eye view I don’t see any buildings resembling any of those in the photo. A big chunk of downtown Batavia has been demolished and replaced by one of those enclosed shopping malls, so it’s likely that the Dipson Theatre is gone.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm

That’s the saddest NEXT ATTRACTION I’ve ever seen on a marquee!

“They showed the old movie theater, and half of it was gone.” Scott Ward