Shadowland Theatre

157 Canal Street,
Ellenville, NY 12428

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Architects: Gerard W. Betz

Functions: Live Theater

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 845.647.5511
Manager: 845.647.5511

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Shadowland Theatre

Opened as a vaudeville and movie house in 1920, seating originally 900. By 1950 it was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service and they were still the operators in 1957.

The Shadowland Theatre has been home since 1984 to the Shadowland Theatre company, originally Cooperative Artists. Seating was reduced to 148 while still retaining the original look of the theater. Today the Shadowland Theatre presents live theater and musicals.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

As Bryan Krefft’s description of the Shadowland Theatre says that it opened in 1920, I think that the following item from March 20 issue of The American Contractor that year probably concerns this theater:

“Contract Awarded. Theater (M. P.): $25,000. 1 sty. 50x 80. Ellenville. N. Y. Archt. G. W. Betz, 61 John St., Kingston. Owner Ellenville Theater Corp., M. L. Shurter. pres., Ellenville. Gen. contr. let to N D. Higginson Co.. Middletown. N. Y.”
The photos lostmemory linked to show that the theater has a facade in an architectural style common in the 1850s and 1860s. I’d guess that the 50x80 building erected in 1920 was the auditorium, built behind the existing older building, which was adapted as an entrance. Google’s satellite view shows that the dark roof of what must be the auditorium is about 50x80, though it looks like a bit was added to the rear of it,probably when the house was converted for live theater. That part has a white roof.

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