Stratford Theatre

37 Cannon Street,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Previously operated by: Famous Players, Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix

Architects: William H. McElfatrick

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Stratford Theatre ca.1918

The 1,500-seat Stratford Theatre was opened January 21, 1918. In August 1919 it was taken over by Famous Players-Lasky and in 1933 it was being operated by Publix. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Netco Theaters Corp. It was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Dave Litterer

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

The July 4, 1917, issue of The American Contractor said that W. H. McElfatrick was drawing plans for the Stratford Theatre at Poughkeepsie. The house was to be 55 x 134 feet, and was owned by the Elgar Company. The March 23, 1918, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Stratford had opened on January 21. The 1,500-seat house had cost $100,000.

rivest266 on March 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

January 21st, 1918 grand opening ad in photo section

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 17, 2021 at 1:14 am

The September 6, 1919 issue of Moving Picture World said that the Stratford Theatre in Poughkeepsie had been taken over by Famous Players-Lasky. By 1926, Famous Players also had a house called the Bardavon Theatre as well as the second-run Liberty in Poughkeepsie. In 1933 the Stratford was being operated by Publix.

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