Cameo Theatre

1193 Clinton Avenue North,
Rochester, NY 14621

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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

Styles: Art Deco

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Cameo Theatre

A single screen theatre located on Clinton Avenue in Rochester, New York. A great neighborhood theatre that opened May 15, 1926 with Gloria Swanson in “Stage Struck”. From May 1, 1935 it was taken over by the Schine Circuit Inc. It was closed May 29, 1952 with Larry Parks in “Love is Better than Ever” & Wendell Corey in “The Wild Blue Yonder”.

It became a furniture warehouse until May 1972 and was soon demolished.

Contributed by Howard G. Malley

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Ziggy on February 15, 2005 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for listing this theatre Howard. My grandmother used to tell me about going to the movies here, and I remember the closed down theatre building sitting on Clinton Ave. up until is destruction.

turk450 on August 27, 2009 at 10:29 am

we used to go to cameo theater together
Rich Freedman

Scott on November 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I remember reading somewhere, perhaps in the Theatre Historial Society’s publication “Marquee” many years ago, of how a security guard accidentally turned on the vertical sign and someone was able to snap a picture of it. This was around 1965 and supposedly the vertical hadn’t been lit up since 1949 when the theatre closed. I’m sad, but not surprised, to read here that it has been torn down.

dallasmovietheaters on January 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm

The Cameo Theatre opened May 15, 1926 with “Stage Struck.” Schine took on the Cameo on May 1, 1936. It positioned it as a sub-run third tier theatre in 1940. Listing end May 29, 1952 after a double feature of “Love is Better Than Ever” and “Wild Blue Yonder.” The Cameo was used a furniture warehouse thereafter until May of 1972 when its days were numbered.

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