Community Theatre

620 Columbia Street,
Hudson, NY 12534

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Walter Reade Theatres

Architects: William I. Hohauser

Functions: Storage

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Community Theatre

The Community Theatre first opened in December 1937 with Pat O'Brien in “Submarine-D1”. It was in the Colonial American style pioneered by the Walter Reade Circuit, which built it. The building currently functions as a warehouse. Once a major port town, Hudson is best known today for its many antique shops.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Change “Theatre” to “Tennis” and voila, instant makeover:

bgh on November 20, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Actually, it opened in December, 1937 and the first film shown there was SUBMARINE D-1 with Pat O'Brien and Wayne Morris.

shoeshoe14 on August 25, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Saw this theatre on my bike trip 2 weeks ago. The rear of the auditorium is actually on the right of the street, which means you have to walk in and down to the left and then in the auditorium. The rear looks like a hulking warehouse.

roselle232 on May 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

I grew up in Hudson and loved sitting in the balcony. Beautiful red carpeting throughout; great candy counter (neccos and beer barrels my favorite). Theater just bought by performance artist, Marina Abramowicz,who wants to turn it into an institute for performance art. Hope to be a visitor there when it becomes a reality. I believe in miracles.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

Here are two early photos of the Community Theatre from the Library of Congress collection:



SethG on March 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

Added a picture from 2012. 2018 streetview shows this still basically derelict.

JosephMasher on January 4, 2023 at 2:44 am

Some movement to return the Community to theatrical use:

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