Canaltown Cinema

1900 State Route 31,
Macedon, NY 14502

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Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: West Wayne Theatre

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Canaltown Cinema

Opened in 1972, this small town theatre is quaint and comfortable. It was been owned by the same owners since 1998. The owners Ralph and Helen Kommer and Kathy and Bill Courtney turned over the ownership to Harry and Tammy Parks on June 29, 2006. The West Wayne Theatre is located in a strip shopping center along with an Ames department store.

This theatre is done in orange and black and has been a staple to the neighborhood for many years. It was closed in April 2010 and reopened October 15, 2010 under new operators Kristin & Richard Anderson. Renamed the Canaltown Cinema, renovations and redecorating has been done, and the opening movie was Bruce Willis in “Red”. It had closed by December 2018.

Contributed by Chuck and Danny, Richard Anderson

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

dpetrotta on October 29, 2006 at 5:52 pm

This is an absolutely great theatre. So historic. It was so very close to closing. Glad it’s still in business.

RosieV on May 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm

My 9 year old son and I went to a movie at this theater last weekend and had a wonderful time! Great prices, fresh popcorn and a nice crowd. It reminded me of going to the movies when I was a kid. I would much rather go here than some ginormous 15 screen mega-plex with tiny screens. Also, this theater does show 1st run movies.

JMAX on May 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I live in Rochester but I’ve been to this theatre couple of times, like many commented this is an awsome theatre, there pricing is good,very neat, DTS sound, Friendly.

I tried to rent this theatre to screen Indian movies,( since they are first run theatre the time slots were not available.

But I really appreciate the people there. Bill courtney and his family. I talked to Harry couple of times through the phone.

They are all very good.

Very calm and pleasant atmosphere.

Job Valluthamannunkal
Jmax Media Solutions Rochester NY

emorton on February 22, 2010 at 4:41 am

This theatre is for sale again. Hopefully as a going concern. Call 315-986-4322 or email

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emorton on April 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

The cinema is closing after Thursday’s 7pm show. Hopefully it can be reopened soon by an interested party.

rhkommer153 on May 22, 2010 at 8:06 am

The Theatre has been returned to the former oweners, Ralph & Helen Kommer, who operated it from 1987 to 2006 with their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.(The Courtneys) It is their hope that they can find someone to reopen it. Call 315-597-4382 or e-mail .com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2010 at 12:20 am

The December 11, 1972, issue of Boxoffice said that the West Wayne Cinema was scheduled to open on December 27, 1972. It was one of the first theaters in a proposed circuit of hundreds of theaters that were to have been franchised by United General Theatres, a Los Angeles-based corporation that suffered the same quick demise as the other franchise outfits of the period such as Jerry Lewis Cinemas.

Despite having established quite a few theaters in its first three years of operation, United General collapsed amid charges of fraud and conspiracy, and in 1975 two of its executives, both of them also major stockholders, were fined and sentenced to prison terms.

Many of the UGT operations were 16mm houses, but the West Wayne Cinema was equipped with 35mm equipment. A 16mm UGT house was set to open at Niagara Falls the same day the Macedon house was to be opened.

LouB on September 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

The theater in Niagara Falls opened as a 16mm house but later was converted to 35 mm. It eventually became an adult cinema and closed in 2003. Today it is used as a retail store

CSWalczak on October 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

This theater will be reopening on October 15, 2010 as the Canaltown Cinema:

rivest266 on December 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Closed according to its Yelp pages as well as no showtimes posted anywhere.

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