Olympic Theatre

224 State Street,
Watertown, NY 13601

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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

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Olympic Theatre

The Olympic Theatre stood on State Street in Watertown and was opened June 4, 1917. It had become part of the Schine Circuit by 1941. It was still operating in summer of 1976. It was demolished in the 1980’s.

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kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

Louise Brooks danced at the Olympic on 11/15/23:

Rory on May 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Saw a double feature of PLANET OF THE APES and BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES there in October, 1971. Nice old theatre. Too bad it’s now gone!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 26, 2015 at 11:22 am

An article in the December 17, 1921, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review said that the Olympic Theatre had been built and opened by the Papayanakos Brothers in 1917. The house had just been bought by the Robbins Amusement Company of Utica, who planned a forty-foot addition to the rear of the theater so that live theatrical attractions could be accommodated. Two other Papayankos houses in Watertown, the Palace and the Antique, were also taken over by Robbins.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

The Olympic Theatre was the last of Watertown’s old theaters still in operation when it was mentioned in an article in the July 3, 1976, issue of the Watertown Daily Times. The Olympic had opened on June 4, 1917.

DavidZornig on November 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm

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