Dipson Theater

38 W. Main Street,
Batavia, NY 14020

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Previously operated by: Dipson Circuit

Previous Names: Batavia Theatre

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Dipson Theater

The Dipson Theater opened around 1946. It continued to operate during the 1950’s. After closing it became a church, but has since been demolished for urban renewal.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 1, 2008 at 9:38 pm

That’s the saddest NEXT ATTRACTION I’ve ever seen on a marquee!

“They showed the old movie theater, and half of it was gone.” Scott Ward

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

In Google Street View or Bing Maps Bird’s-eye view I don’t see any buildings resembling any of those in the photo. A big chunk of downtown Batavia has been demolished and replaced by one of those enclosed shopping malls, so it’s likely that the Dipson Theatre is gone.

robboehm on November 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

Uploaded three photos. Two show the demolition approaching the Dipson. The third is a painting of how the area looked in the day.

robboehm on November 11, 2015 at 11:54 am

Images of this theater also appear in the You Tube video “Downtown Batavia As It Once Was”.

Texas2step on July 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

A 1950 ad shows an address of 36-38 Main.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm

A document listing events in Genesee County says that the groundbreaking for the Dipson Theatre at Batavia took place in 1946. The month is not given, so the house might have opened in either 1946 or 1947.

richardg on February 20, 2022 at 2:52 pm

I was lucky enough to see this theatre right when it changed to a place of worship. It still looked very much like a theatre inside and its art moderne interior design was spotless. There was an abundance of flowers throughout so I’m thinking it might have been their first service. Dipson was a powerhouse movie chain in its day but today operates only a few theatres. Shame it’s gone

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