Chance Theater

6 Crannell Street,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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robboehm on March 17, 2023 at 10:11 am

Uploaded a photo as the Astor.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 17, 2021 at 3:21 am

This Facebook post has a photo gallery for this theater, including a view of the Astor Theatre with two 1946 releases advertised on the marquee, so it had to have been open past 1945. In fact, the Astor was advertised in the the October 21, 1950 issue of the Vassar Chronicle, so it continued in operation quite some time after 1945.

The page also claims that the house opened as the Astor Theatre in 1944. An article in the Vassar Chronicle of October 21, 1944 said that the Astor had been opened on July 14 by a Mr. Shanley, who was operating the theater as a revival house running films likely to appeal to Vassar students, while running action movies likely to appeal to children at weekend matinees. The 1950 advertisement showed that the Astor had daily changes of programs featuring older movies, so the policy must have continued.

rivest266 on March 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

September 27th, 1926 grand opening ad as Playhouse in photo section.

Greenpoint on November 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm

What a great theatre…I was there for a second time yesterday for Insane Clown Posse and covered in Faygo diet Root Beer.I had a feeling it was a movie theatre at some point.

rivest266 on October 12, 2013 at 7:32 am

from old website: * The Dutchess Theatre – Opened: July 1912 * Carroll Players Play House re-opened on Monday, September 27, 1926, with “The Girl from Childs.” * Changed hands & name to The Playhouse Theatre on December 1928 – Vaudeville and Films * Opened as “The Community Theater” to entertain throughout the 1930s – Live Theater * Entertained as the “New Playhouse Theatre” on July 6, 1933 * Entertained as the “Astor Theater” during 1935 – Film * Entertained as “The Starlight Theater” during 1940 – Live Theater * Closed from 1945 through 1970 * Frivolous Sal’s Last Chance Saloon reopened in 1970 and entertained through 1980 – Food, Film and Live Entertainment including early tryout of Bill C. Davis' “Mass Appeal.” * “The Chance” takes the area by storm in 1980 through present – Live Shows

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Shouldn’t this be listed as the Chance Theatre since that is its current name?

HudsonValleyLegends on January 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Hi Heidi DD, I am writing a book about Hudson Valley Legends and plan on including a chapter about the Old Dutchess Theatre. I would love to hear from you if you would like to share some of the information you have on its history. My email is listed below.

If anyone has any information about the Old Dutchess Theatre, or any other legends within the Hudson Valley, please contact me at

IconGate on September 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

To: Heidi DD – yes, received your email and did reply.

HeidiD on September 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

To: IconGate – I emailed you today, if you don’t get it, please let me know. Heidi DD

IconGate on September 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

for Heidi DD from two posts above:

How can we contact you?? I am the producer of a show that has been filming episodes at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie.

On Saturday 09/18/2010 a full crew of paranormal investigators spent 7 hours exploring The Chance. They found some incredible proof of “haunted” spirits. I’m talking A LOT of proof!!

We would love to speak with you and possibly include you as part of this… you have volumes of stuff? … perhaps you can help piece together the past with what the investigators found?

also anybody else here with any information or that would want to take part please email to

any help is welcome
thank you!!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Should be listed as the Chance Theater, 845-471-1966,

HeidiD on August 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I researched the place – Mike Chiriati and Larry Plover, the owners of Frivolous Sal’s Last Chance Saloon (The Last Chance), used to tell me that I spent more time there than they did. We believed it was haunted so I set out to prove it. Never found a death only an attempted murder. But I have volumes of stuff on this place including a still photo from 1912 of it from a film that I learned that the FDR Museum had. I loved this place but have not been back except once since it changed over to The Chance. Too young for me now – but it’s still a great building!

littlejeff on January 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm

hey folks i was wondering if anybody has any old stories or better yet pictures of the old “"Dutchess theatre”“ i was in there a couple of nights ago to see my frind’s band play there and iwas talking to one of the security guards whom i’ve known for anumber of years and we got talking about the history of the building, apparently a few years back they were doing some renevating to the building deep down under the current street in the basement and they dug up parts of the original stone sidewalk that must’ve went around the building and also a set of doors still intact, that led to somewhere in the basemnt,,also one of the other gentleman got talking and swears that the place is haunted, him and another gentlemen were down in the lower floors one night and saw what they think was a ghost of a man wearing glasses and having the old time waxed curly moustache of the older era, with the age of that building and alll the performers who went through it at that time, it would'nt surprise me that their ghosts are still hanging around there , again if anybody has any old stories or pictures of the place i’d love to see them i love reading about old buildings like that,, it definetly is a part of Poughkeepsie history,,,

shoeshoe14 on August 29, 2005 at 9:35 pm

The management emailed me back with the correct other website that includes their history with a timeline.

shoeshoe14 on August 27, 2005 at 9:35 am

Status should be open and function should be nightclub.

shoeshoe14 on August 27, 2005 at 9:31 am

Finally found it! Cinematour doesn’t list this. I go once a year to the Chance and went last night and toured the place, kind of. It’s a nice theater, or must have been. I emailed them at their website email because they have not history of the venue listed which is stupid. They have to know what building they occupy. Anyway, you walk upstairs and to the right balcony and that’s “The Loft.” You can fit about 150 people comfortably by the stage and there’s couches in the back. The left balcony has the bar area and it’s pretty plain. There are tin ceilings. It’s air conditioned. Downstairs is called Club Crannell and you can fit about 250 people comfortably. There’s a tin ceiling and then black lowered office ceiling tiles. That’s what I call them. It’s dark and really hot. You can access the main auditorium, The Chance, from Club Crannell and there’s not lighting in this really long hallway. There’s a bar in the back, the balcony is overhead and roped off for both entrances. I didn’t have a chance to ask security, but there weren’t seats up there. They probably do projection and lights up there. The ceilings aren’t too ornate but they are beautiful and simple. There are these elegant cylindrical lights about 3 feet in diameter and about 4 feet long around the ceiling but I don’t know the type of light they are called. The stage was kind of small, maybe 40 feet across and the dance area was not too big. It definitely is a small theater from the outside.

RobertR on June 11, 2005 at 4:47 pm

1977 they were playing Saturday Night Fever went it went to the nabes.

Ira on June 11, 2005 at 8:59 am

I believe the Dutchess Theater opened in 1912 as a vaudeville house that later showed movies. It is now a well known music venue called The Chance.