Cinema Endicott

108 E. Main Street,
Endicott, NY 13760

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Previously operated by: Carrol's Development Corporation, CinemaNational, Loews Theatres, USA Cinemas

Architects: Michael J. DeAngelis

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: State Theatre

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State Theater

The State Theatre opened March 16, 1939 with Eleanor Powell in “Honolulu”. It served the West End of Endicott, home of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory. The theatre was built with Art Deco style fluorishes in the auditorium, and an Art Deco style facade.

From October 18, 1963 the theatre was named the Cinema Endicott and presented more upscale film product. Loews was the last operator of this building. It closed on October 31, 1993 when Loews opened the Town Square 9 in Vestal, NY. The final movie was Tamlyn Tamita in “The Joy Luck Club”. The theatre sat empty for about two years, then was demolished for an Eckerd drug store.

There was a sign on the side of the building that said “THEATRE OF DISTINCTION” but for the last 5 or 6 years of its life the “F” in “OF” fell off, so it was the “THEATRE O DISTINCTION”.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Ever send a new guy to get the “MARQUEE STRECHER”?

bobc007 on December 26, 2010 at 10:06 am

I started as an usher in 1973 in the Washington DC area. We never got paid extra to change the marquee. It was just part of the job. We used cast iron letters that weighed a couple of pounds each. It was great being up there with all of that neon! What a thrill. I’m still in the movie theatre business. Most of it is electronic now. We’ll never see those days again.

Admiral37 on April 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

Back to the Cinema Endicott…it was a great little theatre. I remember going there to see “Cleopatra,” “Thunderball” and also “Annie Hall.”

KateinFLA on April 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

My Grandparents, Howard and Florence Ammerman owned the Elvin. The Elvin was named for the founders' wives (my grandfather’s first wife).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

In the letter in the trade ad Tinseltoes linked to, the operator of the theater, B. Worth Dittrich, says: “Just nine years ago we were engaged in the construction of the State in Endicott.” As the letter is dated February 18, 1948, the State must have been completed in 1939.

DavidZornig on April 13, 2015 at 5:44 am

Circa 1959 photo added courtesy of Larry Kleebauer Sr.

Granola on September 24, 2016 at 10:38 am


rivest266 on February 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

March 16th, 1939 and October 18th, 1963 as Cinema grand opening ads can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

davidcoppock on March 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

Opened with “Honolulu”.

CinemaCinema on November 14, 2022 at 7:17 pm

Some of the movies I saw at the Cinema Endicott -

Hard Target
Cry Baby

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