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spectrum commented about Oriental Theatre on May 10, 2022 at 8:37 pm

As of May 2022, the Oriental has re-opened. Lots of great movies showing!

spectrum commented about AMC Uptown 1 on May 10, 2022 at 8:17 pm

Another 2021 article about possible renovation:

spectrum commented about Olympia Music Hall on Mar 14, 2022 at 6:08 am

Their website is gone. Don’t know if they are still going on with their renovation plans.

spectrum commented about Mohawk Theatre on Mar 14, 2022 at 5:51 am

From 2022 Google street and aerial views it looks like the theatre was demolished and replaced by a Holiday Inn.

spectrum commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm

The renovations are underway! The Jersey closed at the end of 2021 for a two year restoration!

spectrum commented about Byrd Theatre on Mar 3, 2022 at 6:42 pm

From their virtual tour photos it looks like the theatre has been recently restored. Looks in geeat shape and new seating as well.

Currently (2022) they have restricted seating of 400 due to COVID restrictions. They are doing limited engagements (one-day performances 3-5 times per week of classics and recent favorites.)

I’m glad the Byrd is still open and showing movies! The Byrd is the largest old movie palace in the country (outside of the Chinese and El Capitan theatres in Hollywood) still showing movies on a full time basis.

spectrum commented about Saxon Theatre on Mar 3, 2022 at 6:27 pm

This was very close to the large Fitchburg Theatre at 717 Main Street to the East. Sadly the massive ornate hotel just west of the Saxon is vacant grassy land now. At least it’s not a parking lot…

spectrum commented about Fitchburg Theatre on Mar 3, 2022 at 6:21 pm

The Fitchburg Theatre has opened as the Fitchburg IdeaLab! Parts of the building have been opened as creative and innivative lab space, and the auditorium will be renovated as a performing arts center.

Some info here:

spectrum commented about Strand Theatre on Mar 3, 2022 at 6:12 pm

2022: Still home to Palace Bowling Lanes. Looks open.

spectrum commented about York Theatre on Mar 3, 2022 at 6:02 pm

The new bar, the Jolly Tavern resides in the lobby area, open as of 2022, but apparently the bowling alley space in the auditorium is still vacant. Exterior of the building is well maintained, the bricks of the auditorium walls having been recently cleaned.

spectrum commented about Fremont Theatre on Jan 26, 2022 at 12:13 pm

2022: The Movie Experience no longer runs the Frem0ont Theatre. There was some ownership changes in 2017, and now the theatre is a concert venue. Their web page is at:

The Movie Experience still runs Downtown Center 7, at 888 Marsh Street.

spectrum commented about Skyway Theatre on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:36 pm

Updated link for the BarFly photos:

spectrum commented about Holyoke Twin Cinemas on Dec 2, 2021 at 8:25 am

Built early to mid 1970s I believe. The cinemas didn’t last very long, were for some time was part of the Jerry Lewis chain. They closed around 1980-1981 and were demolished shortly thereafter. The Hadley twin, “Campus Cinemas” was later expanded to a triplex, closed in 1976 and demolished 1983.

spectrum commented about Astor Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Theatre is long gone - but the neighborhood looks like it has recovered quite a bit since the 1960s.

spectrum commented about Ambassador Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:46 pm

The building is still standing. The front part looks vacant, but auditorium in back is in dire shape - the 2021 Google aerial photo shows large holes in the ceiling.

spectrum commented about Imperial Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:35 pm

Looks like it was demolished long ago. Site is now a Family Dollar store - this is a fairly run-down section of the city.

spectrum commented about Park National Theatre on Oct 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

The building still stands in the 2019 Google Street View. VERY narrow building! Looks like it had been renovated not too long ago, but apparently vacant at this time. Front facade still intact, building looks in good shape. Probably seated no more than 300. Unclear of the interior has been gutted or not. Door on the side was probably at the back of the auditorium so it could still be intact inside.

spectrum commented about Carolina Theatre on Oct 20, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Link to their Spring 2021 newsletter:

Highlights: Construction continuing, primarily on electrical, HVAC, etc. and continued excavation of the basement into the crawlspace. The roof will be removed and replaced over the summer of 2021 (So it’s probably done by now).

spectrum commented about Times Square Theatre on Jun 6, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Interesting photos in this 2018 Wall Street Jorunal article:

It looks like one of the previous attempts to renovate the theatre was already partly underway when the attempt was abandoned - the plasterwork had already received a white primer coat and some restoration was completed even back then. The new plans will change a lot of this of course.

The theater’s Wikipedia article has a May 2021 photo stating the theater was ubnder construction at the time, and it certainly looks like something is definitely going on inside the building. Hopefully it will finally reopen before long.

spectrum commented about Auburn Schine Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 9:22 am

Looks like restoration efforts are under way again! Here’s a 2019 article about the new owner/developer and his plans for restoration of the theatre:

So far they have already replaced the roof, done asbestos abatement and repaired the masonry on the sides and back of the building, and received several million dollars in grant funding for repairs which will next be replacement of the marquee, installation of a new vertical sign and repair of the front facade.

The auditorium walls are stripped to the bare bricks, so they would need to be completely replicated. But it’s good to see that at least some work has been done and already at least $6,000,000 has been received and partially spent on repairs.

Some more recent articles: 2017 Article about the Schine:

The corrected link to the Cayuga County Arts Council website is:

spectrum commented about Peoples' Theatre on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:44 am

The first floor is currently a brewpub. The entire building had been gutted at some point and the upper floors are either offices or apartments.

spectrum commented about Symphony Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:40 am

It looks like the auditorium part of the building has been demolished from the current Google Street View. Only the front (lobby portion) is still standing, housing the restaurant.

Their website is at

The original decor is all gone, but the new decor is very nice.

spectrum commented about Strand Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:25 am

The Riviera Theatre is just to the right (north) of the Strand. Both closed now, and not in good shape. Hopefully they both might be restored at some point.

spectrum commented about Court Theater on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:24 am

Still there in 2021. The site of the adjacent Lyric Theatre is no longer a parking lot; there is a new commercial building there.

spectrum commented about Forum Theatre on Mar 26, 2021 at 7:56 am

New official link at:

From here you can also link to their facebook page and a virtual tour.