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Kerasotes Theatres launched the Village Mall Cinema in 1976. In May of 2010, AMC Theatres Circuit bought the Kerasotes chain. It first became the AMC Village Mall 6. AMC bought the Carmike chain in 2016 and regrouped the majority of inherited locations under the banner of AMC Classic theaters in 2017, including the Danville location. Renamed as the AMC Classic Village Mall 6, it was closed for the COVID-19 pandemic on March 16, 2020 along with all of the other AMC locations. AMC then reopened it on Thursday, September 3, 2020. AMC permanently closed the location following showtimes of December 11, 2022.
The Acme Amusement Company built the Acme Theater in 1913 launching in 1914. The theatre installed sound to remain viable. The final showings at the theatre were Gary Cooper in “Return to Paradise” and Edward G. Robinson in “Big Leaguer” on November 29, 1953. Fire just an hour after the final showtime consumed the building whose remains were demolished not long after.
The Novelty Theatre in Syracuse was opened on February 21, 1907 with Al Collins directed “Ups and Downs of Murphy” and Romeo Bosetti in “The Drunken Mattress.” The theater joined its neighbor - the Burns Hotel (1880-1907) and later renamed the St. Cloud Hotel (January 17, 1908-August 1953). The movie venue was named after its owner and was referred to as Morgan’s Novelty Theater seating 600 with a change of show daily. A success, the Novelty was open from 2p-11p daily with illustrated songs and motion pictures.
In 1915, the Novelty was taken over by David Schine of Schine Theatres and then by George E. Smith in 1918 simply as the Novelty Theatre. The Novelty was wired for sound to remain viable. The theater lost its place in the local movie clock generally indicating - though perhaps not in this case - a transition to a theater catering to African American audiences. The next door Novelty Candy Store served as a de facto concession stand.
The Novelty appears to have ceased operations following a major fire in the neighboring St. Cloud Hotel in September of 1953. The building housing the candy store and the theater was definitely torn down along with the St. Cloud Hotel beginning in October of 1953 (somebody was arrested pillaging an item from the closed theater) and continuing into 1954. The neighboring building on Clinton Street was also bulldozed and blacktopped leaving an open air parking lot for Murbro Parking that still exists in the 2020s.
The Regent Theatre launched September 12, 1914 with Estelle Mardo as “The Littlest Rebel.” The theatre was wired for sound to remain viable. Kallet Circuit took on the venue operating apparently until December 28, 1957 with “No Time to Be Young” and “The Young Don’t Cry.” The venue was gifted to Syracuse University where, in its post-commercial theatrical years, it was renamed as the University Regent Theatre with live plays and repertory film. Syracuse replaced the venue in 1980 with a contemporary building.
In the period from 1917 to 1918, this was home to the Palace Hall located here at 572 South Salina Street in Syracuse. The venue had a 60-year operational lifecycle but had at least ten names as the Palace Hall moved elsewhere in town and the Palace Roller Rink took over from 1918 into 1919. The Top Theatre moved into this venue next with movies and some live entertainment.
A new operator renamed it as the System Theatre with all seats eleven cents beginning May 8, 1921 with in Sessue Hayakawa in “Li Ting Lang.” That was said to be the start of a major national System theatre circuit that fizzled. The theater’s final silent-era name was the more benign Syracuse Theater in 1928. The venue didn’t make the immediate transition to sound and purportedly had a brief run as the Syracuse University Theater staging live plays. In the sound era, the venue was wired and became the Ritz Theatre launching on October 1, 1932. The Civic Repertory Theater / Civic Theater moved into the former Ritz Theater in 1933. The Civic Rep would find a new home and the Civic Theater had a long run as a movie house into the early 1960s.
In 1961, the venue was renamed as the Civic Follies Theatre. It called itself, “Syracuse’s Most Unusual Theater,” playing adult films along with some live burlesque. That started a 15-year tradition of raids and constant court battles for the Civic Follies' management during the prono chic era of adult movie exhibition. In 1981, the venue tried one more time as the Adam & Eve Adult Theatre. It appears to have been bought out as the home video industry was gaining traction in 1986 . The former Palace Hall turned Palace Roller Rink turned Top Theatre turned System Theater turned Syracuse Theater turned Syracuse University Theater turned Ritz Theater Civic Repertory Theater turned Civic Theater turned Civic Follies Theater turned Adam & Eve Adult Theatre was torn down in 1987. (The local report of the demolition also cited one more operational name as the Syracuse Civic Theater.)
From 1936 to 1943, the venue was listed as the RKO Schine Strand Theatre. From 1943 to 1959, the venue was listed as the Loew’s Strand Theatre. The Loew’s Strand closed permanently following Frank Sinatra in MGM’s “Hole in the Head” supported by an MGM “Tom & Jerry” cartoon and a Loew’s News of the Day newsreel on August 16, 1959. The next Strand ad was less than a week later - the salvage sale of the building as it was demolished for a municipal parking garage.
After 40 years of diverse live programming and sporadic film offerings, the Syracuse Turn-Verein Hall / Turn Hall was transformed into a full-time movie theater in 1911 and had an amazing run to October 20, 1952 with a double feature of “Walk East on Beacon!” and “Montana Territory.” On October 21, 1952, it was all over with a fire that completely destroyed the venue.
James Kernan opened his Kernan Theatre in the summer of 1912. New operators took it over on Thanksgiving Day 1934. Advertisements and announcements ceased in 1936.
The Temple Theatre launched on August 10, 1914 with a vaudeville-centric policy which also inserted films. The architects of the original were Merrick & Randall who created a Louis Seize styled venue. The 1,800 seat venue had 1,000 of its seats on the main floor with the remainder in the balcony and boxes.
Publix took on the theater at the expiry of its initial 15-year lease and reimagined it with talking pictures added to the programming policy. It relaunched December 10, 1929 as the Paramount Theatre with Eddie Cantor in “Glorifying the American Girl. The theater technically passed through Warner Bros. to RKO during its initial five years of operation.
At the conclusion of its five-year lease in 1934/5, Schine got involved with the venue and it became the RKO Schine Paramount in the Fall of 1935 - a mouthful. Schine would eventually have to divest itself of the Eckel for antitrust reasons. RKO dropped off of the operational ledger and Schine’s Paramount closed temporarily to install a Magic Mirror widescreen in 1953 to present CinemaScope titles beginning with “The Robe.” The Paramount appears to have closed April 15, 1967. It was bulldozed in August through October of 1967.
And contrary to the entry above which claims “there is little information on this theater,” there appears to be abundant information including every show ever booked at the Temple and the Paramount, every updating of the theater, each architect associated with the creation or updating of the venue, and even the contractors who installed the HVAC system.
January 26, 1920 opening ad at for B.F. Keith’s new Syracuse theater posted in photos with the theatre devoted to vaudeville. The theater would transition to films. It closed as the RKO Keith’s Theatre on January 5, 1967 with “Any Wednesday” with “I Deal in Danger.” The final act was an auction of the theater’s contents shortly thereafter and then a demolition project in 1967 that also took the Paramount Theatre. The Keith bit back as the demolition was botched after a wall collapsed startling and injuring passersby.
The Harvard Theatre launched April 11, 1926 with 1,000 seats and an architecture described as Spanish Renaissance playing Colleen Moore’s “Irene.“ Getting a major refresh and new operators in 1944, the venue became the Civic University Theatre (formerly the Harvard). In the Fall of 1948, it became the Wescot (just one T in the entirety of its naming) Theatre.
The Wescot closed at the end of its 20-year leasing agreement in 1968 but got a new operator and look. On October 16, 1968, its shocking transformation by architect Alan Kosoff was complete and the Wescot became the Studio Theatre reopening as an art house with “Bell de Jour.” It transformed to a discount run theatre on November 26, 1980 called the Westcott Cinema. The venue would go back to art film though closing October 18, 2007. In 2008, it lost its plaster front from the 1968 makeover and became the live performance space, the Westcott Theatre.
The Riviera Theatre launched on November 12, 1928 with May McAvoy in “The Terror.” Michael J. DeAngelis' atmospheric Spanish Colonial garden interior with starlit sky effect on the ceiling wowed patrons along with Willard M. Lusk Studios' interior murals and other flourishes and the Corning Terra Cotta work. The Riviera opened with Vitaphone talkies staying that way until closure. The venue became the Riviera Cinema in 1960. It closed October 23, 1972 as the Riviera Cinema with “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “The Fox.” The Rivera Cinema building was demolished in 1975.
The first ad for the Franklin Theater appeared on April 26, 1914 with “The Passion Play.” The venue converted to sound to remain viable. It was a sub-run, neighborhood double/triple feature house until converted to an art theater called th Franklin Art Theater in 1968. That art run gravitated full-time to to adult films during the porno chic and into the home video era. The operator was constantly taken to court and beat the city of each of the obscenity charges levied against. it. So the City of Syracuse came up with Plan B. And the Franklin Theatre closed on June 11, 1989 with adult films after the building was purchased by the City of Syracuse. The former Franklin was demolished on November 23, 1992.
Syracuse had two Elmwood Theatres: one was an early silent theater at 325 Park Street that collapsed in 1925 while vacant and the second was in the fast-growing Elmwood neighborhood. The “New” Elmwood was constructed with much of the surrounding commercial business district area during 1926 and 1927. The Elmwood launched for owner James Constatnine on October 3, 1927 with Reginald Denny in “Fast and Furious.” The highest priced item in the venue was its $20,000 Link Silver-Toned “Wonder” Pipe Organ.
The Elmwood would convert to sound to stay relevant. It would cease operations on March 11, 1958 with Robert Wagner in “Stopover Tokyo” and Angie Dickinson in “China Gate.” The building became home to a dentist’s office thereafter before, in 1974, getting a modification permit that gave it a drastic overhaul moving away from the original’s Mission Revival and to where it is in the 2020s.
The $150,000 Cameo Theatre launched November 30, 1926. It had a Marr-Colton pipe organ at its launch. It may have ceased operations on October 30, 1959 with “The Tempest” and “The Hangman.” Church services were still listed at the venue thereafter.
he Brighton Theatre was built for $40,000 in 1928 opening on November 2, 1928 with “The Joy Girl.” It closed as a movie theater on April 25, 1957 with “Wings of Eagle” and “The Naked Gun” in receivership. It was sold to an independent who staged boxing and wrestling matches in late 1957 and into 1958. It failed commercially but found one final operator who staged live music shows. That ended on January 5, 1960 with Johnny “Battle of New Orleans” Horton graced the stage. The venue was then replaced by a bowling alley.
The Arcadia Theater was the brainchild of Mrs. A. Van Wagner who, sadly, died during the building of the project. The plans were drawn by L.G. Van Wagner in a Colonial style. The venue launched May 4, 1914 with Marie Walcamp in “Through the Clouds” supposed by three shorts. The ad is in photos. It was called the New Arcadia Theater in the sound era. The operator, who also ran the Happy Hour and the Rivoli, purchased the Empire Theatre late in 1933 and appears to have discontinued operation of the Arcadia at that time. Not sure when it resumed. However, an item in the paper suggests a demolition year of 1975.
The Civic Repertory Theater / Civic Theater moved into the former Ritz and former Syracuse Theater in 1933.
The Avon Theatre had a soft launch opening on June 19, 1926 with Jane Novak in “Lure of the Wild” supported by the first episode of “The Silver Streak” serial. Two days later, it suffered a fire in the projection booth. It had its official grand opening on June 30, 1926 with “When Husbands Flirt” and Joseph B. Tallmadge playing the Marr & Colton pipe organ.
The Westhill Theatre launched September 1, 1967 with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in “The War Wagon.”
Now listed by AMC as the AMC Grapevine Mills 24 as “Dine-In” service has left the building and apparently six auditorium will be rested or will be sublet.
The new-build Liberty Theatre, a $25,000 structure, opened as another World War I Liberty location on August 14, 1917 with movies and live vaudeville in downtown Durant. Robb & Rowley sold the venue to the Howard Hughes' led Hughes-Franklin Circuit in February of 1931. They would soon close the Liberty for a major refresh.
The venue relaunched on March 4, 1932 as the State Theatre with the film, “The Big Shot.” Miller Davidge took on the venue operating the Ritz and State. But on September 13, 1933, Davidge bought the competing Metro and consolidate the State and Metro operations into a single movie theater in the Metro location. The State booked boxing events in 1934 and was erased by a fire on October 31, 1934 - a fire in which the insurance likely paid for a new theater, the Plaza, on the same site.
Appears to have ceased advertising following the November 28, 1964 showtime for “The New Interns.” That would time out with a 15-year opt out of a potential leasing agreement that may have ended the Sky-Vu’s run.
Opening film for the new Savage Theatre on March 24, 1939 was “Hollywood Roundup.” The Savage was ultimately tamed on March 31, 1957 closing with Dane Clark in “Massacre.”
The Briarwood Shopping Center opened in the 1970s theatre-lessly. It added the Durant Twin Cinema on July 1, 1994 with “The Flintstones” and “Maverick.” It was then made into a quad-plex in the 2000s. It closed in 2011 and was replaced by a Rue21 retail clothing store location.