Jones Theatre

495 S. Exchange Street,
Geneva, NY 14456

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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.

Firms: Leon H. Lempert & Son

Functions: Community Center, Live Theatre, Movies

Previous Names: Regent Theatre, Geneva Cinema 5

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Jones Theatre

This theatre was built in 1915 and resides just around the corner from the Geneva Theatre, or Smith Opera House. It was orginally a stage theatre and later converted to a cinema. By 1941, it was operated by the Schine Circuit as the Regent Theatre. Current efforts to reuse this theatre are actively underway. It became a church, then in 2012 part of the building was converted into a children’s play area named Kid Venture Dome. The upper section of the building has reopened as the Jones Theatre, screening movies and presenting live theatre performances.

Contributed by Daniel R. Long, RA

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Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on December 28, 2008 at 5:38 am

One of my “favorite” photos of the Cinema. Couldn’t resist!

But this is the way i prefer to remember it!

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on October 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

This theater is now in use by a small church. The marquee is still up. The church leaders were very nice and let me come in and take lots of photos as they worked on sprucing up the interior. There really wasn’t much to photograph since the theater has been badly altered over the years. It was never as opulent as the Schine Geneva Theater on Seneca Street but had a look all of its own.

drlong on October 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

The Regent will gain new life with the renovations into a children’s playplace called KidVentureDome. The main theater will be reopened to one space and the upper theater (originally the balcony) will be restored with lounge seating and repaired details for special events such as “Parent’s Night Out” with classic movies and catered meals.

The marquee will be updated and re-lit for the new business.

ww_kayak on November 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

So, I was going through some boxes from my parents house, which obviously came from their parents house… A couple of the old books contained this program from the Geneva Theatre in 1924 :)

Regent Theatre 1924:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

Google’s street views for Exchange Street are a complete mess. I’ve set the view as near the theater as it will get. Also, lostmemory was apparently right that the correct address for the Geneva Cinema 5 is 495 Exchange Street.

Periodicals from 1914-1915 confirm that the Regent Theatre was designed by Leon H. Lempert & Son, but as Leon Lempert, Sr. died in 1909, Leon H. Lempert, Jr. should be listed as the architect.

danlong on January 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I couldn’t find my old sign in so I made a new login. The Regent is alive and well! We have renovated the entire downstairs into a kids playspace and kept the balcony area as The Jones Theatre. This space carries on the tradition of screeing movies but now sets the stage for new live acts as well as Dine-in theater! Come on down, eat a great meal, have a drink and sit back to relax and enjoy a classic movie on the big screen!

Future efforts are upgrades to the heating/cooling systems, restoration of the original main theater ceiling and screen areas. There is so much hidden behind the walls and ceilings!

Come follow our efforts at the facebook page for The Jones Theatre!

Trolleyguy on February 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm

This theatre has been converted to a microbrewery tasting room called the Twisted Rail. Website:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm

Google finally has a decent street view of the Jones Theatre.

Coleman on October 25, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Opened October 25, 1915. The Architect was Leon Lempert Jr. who also designed the Temple Theater down the street.

Coleman on October 25, 2018 at 8:46 pm

Since the Jones Theater was short-lived it would be nice to list this theater as historical name The Regent.

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