Elmwood Theatre

111 Elm Street,
Penn Yan, NY 14527

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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.

Firms: Leon H. Lempert & Son

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Elmwood Theatre

The Elmwood Theatre was opened May 27, 1921. It was operated by the Schine Circuit from November 26, 1936. It was closed around 1971.

About to be demolished (October 2003) this theatre has been functioning as an indoor tennis court for two decades, with the remnants of balcony supports and fabric wall coverings still in evidence.

Contributed by Bonnie Barney

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

RgrDgr on December 22, 2003 at 3:22 pm

According to a local 1951 newspaper article, the Elmwood theatre was built between 1920 and 1921 by Harry C. Morse “ a noted Keuka Lake steamboat captain and famed for catching a lake trout on his nose as a youngster”. (!) on the site of the fromer Shearman Hotel…“Contractor for the tearing down of the old Shearman house (a favorite stopover for Vaudeville folks in it’s hey-dey) and for the building of the new Elmwood theatre was Charles Kelley. Architects were Lembert and Sons of Rochester. Upon the death of Mr. Morse in 1936, the theatre was purchased by Wells Jewett and operated in cooperation with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Harry C. Morse,
the widow of the veteran movie show manager. In October, 1936, the Schine Theatrical Company added the Elmwood to it’s chain.” The theatre eventually came into possession of Countrywide Theaters, Inc. which eventually closed it circa 1971. After that a pair of local attorneys bought the property and indeed did convert it to an indoor tennis court. I went by the site today and the building is now entirely razed.

roberttoplin on April 17, 2004 at 8:12 pm

The Elmwood Theatre opened on May 27,1921. The Architect was Leon H. Lempert,Jr. The firm was Leon H. Lempert & Son Theatrical Architects, of Rochester,N.Y. (Leon Sr. passed in 1909 and Jr. in 1934.)

SchineHistorian on March 25, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Naturally I have to chime in that this was a SCHINE theater. Great marquee for a little side street theater!

Patsy on August 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm

This theatre is included with photo on the following link listing theatres and drive-ins of Western New York State.

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Patsy on August 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Lost: I just viewed the interior photo and could cry to think this Lempert, Jr. theater……is gone!

Patsy on August 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

And it was used as an indoor tennis court for two decades! OMG!

Granola on October 7, 2015 at 11:10 am

OPENED MAY 27, 1921


Granola on January 26, 2018 at 11:08 am


David_Baltzer on April 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm

My father was relief manager of the Elmwood in December of 1952 and I have added an image of a short newspaper article that appeared in the Penn Yan newspaper at the time. It would be interesting to know what the ‘Little Theatre Night’ was. Perhaps a local talent show night? Theaters in those days hosted a lot of stage shows in addition to showing movies.

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