Winter Garden Theater

313 N. Main Street,
Jamestown, NY 14701

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Previously operated by: Dipson Circuit, Shea Theatres, Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: A. Howard Fidler, George C. Freeburg

Firms: Freeburg & Fidler

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Winter Garden Theater

The Winter Garden Theater opened on December 24, 1913. In the 1940’s it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

The Winter Garden Theater was closed in 1995 and demolished in April 2010.

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Patsy on July 25, 2010 at 4:09 am

Merrie: I have yet to meet with one of the men who worked at the WG, but hope to this summer. His name escapes me at the moment, but when I look it up in my theatre file I will let you know via personal email. Again, thanks for becoming a member of CT. Your memories of the WG and it being your “second home” will be a welcome dialogue.

ooodjaceooo on July 26, 2010 at 7:18 am

hello everyone, my names anthony ernewein, i started a facebook page called RETRO JAMESTOWN, please come check it out, we have tons of wintergarden pics, and would love to have anyone join who has any pics of either it or jamestown to share, you will love our site, just log onto facebook, and type in the search box, RETRO JAMESTOWN, any questions about local history, just email me,

ChrisB on August 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Patsy, I’m so sorry to hear of the demolition. Touring the Winter Garden was one of the highlights of that road trip four years ago. Was anything at all salvaged?

ooodjaceooo on August 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm

there were film projectors saved, and a candy machine i was told, thats it

Patsy on August 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm

It’s a shame that at least a small section of seats weren’t saved or even auctioned off as I see posts from time to time on CT about theatres needing seats. In the case of a theatre in Gowanda NY prisoners from a local prison are or were restoring the seats for that least that is the story that I have heard over the years.

Patsy on August 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

anthony: I have been told that the projectors are now at the Reg Lenna in downtown Jamestown. And that one will be put on display. I hope this is the case. What happened to the vintage candy machine? And, last but not least…..I’d like to see an historical plaque put at the site of the former Winter Garden. This would be a good project for you to promote.

ooodjaceooo on August 10, 2010 at 12:39 am

not sure where the candy machine went, ill try to find out, and as far as historical marker, good luck knowing jamestown but ill ask about that as well lol, check out my website on facebook for tons of wintergarden photos interior and outside

Patsy on June 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

With the plans for a Winter Garden plaza by the JRC (Jamestown Renissance Corporation) the former Winter Garden will be remembered. I have suggested to them that an historical plaque be put at the plaza eventually.

fabulousfubby on April 20, 2022 at 4:03 pm

List of Owners: 1935-1940 Shea Theatres 1940-1945 Warner Brothers Circuit 1945-1950 Shea Theatres 1950-1953 Warner Brothers Circuit 1953-1961 Stanley Warner 1961-1969 RKO 1980-1995 Dipson Circuit

fabulousfubby on April 20, 2022 at 4:04 pm

Theater closed in 1995.

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