Auburn Schine Theater

12-14 South Street,
Auburn, NY 13021

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Cayuga County Arts Council (Official), Auburn Schine Theater (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 315.255.3074

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Auburn Schine Theater

Built by the Schine Circuit and opened on September 15, 1938 with Errol Flynn in “Four’s A Crowd”. The Auburn Schine Theater featured a unique outer space Atmospheric look in the high Art Deco style.

By March 2021 the theater is being restored and renovated by Cayuga County Arts Council. Tours available by advance appointment.

Contributed by Karen Colizzi Noonan

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm


Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on March 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Stunning, isn’t it?! And it can be again… if all entities could just work together.

Please remember that this postcard is available from the Save Our Schine organization as a FUND RAISER. Please don’t download and/or copy for distribution. Copies can be purchased by contacting

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on March 5, 2011 at 7:11 am

My sincere apologies — NO implication was intended Don!

I simply meant that if anyone who reads this would like to support the Schine restoration and purchase postcards for themselves they can contact that email address, which is for one of the Save Our Schine team members. Now that i re-read my post i realize it was not specific that it invited anyone who wants a copy to contact SOS. Since there is no mechanism to edit posts, please allow this to stand as a correction and clarification.

When i said “all entities work together” I meant the long-standing internal struggle in the City of Auburn that has stymied this project for close to 2 decades now. Thank you so much for showcasing this excellent photo of the Schine’s heyday – people would not recognize it today from this stunning photo. It needs much love and MUCH care.

This is one of my all time favorite theaters and i would love more than anything in the world to see it reopened and in all its glory once again. I appreciate your taking the opportunity to share it with the Cinema Treasures audience. – Karen

aubcinjim51 on October 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Stop by our website for details on the Auburn Schine Theater at

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on September 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

NOTICE! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 1:00 – 3:00 Join together with concerned citizens and friends of the Auburn Schine Theater to celebrate her 74th birthday and rally to press the theater’s owners to move quickly, publicly and purposefully to protect this National Treasure! As one of Eberson’s only remaining Art Deco style theaters, this important structure deserves fiscally responsible, personally dedicated, honestly transparent and forward thinking leadership. If you believe this theater is truly endangered at this point, please join your voices on Sept 15. (Besides, there will be cake!)

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on August 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

Just because someone loves it, doesn’t mean it will live forever. Let this be a cautionary tale for the Auburn Schine theater… time is NOT on your side!

Bucyrus Community Theatre too far gone to be saved (June 5, 2013)

BUCYRUS OH — Mayor Roger Moore informed Bucyrus City Council on Tuesday night that a downtown treasure soon will be torn down.

The board of directors met with city officials and have made the decision to terminate renovations of the Bucyrus Community Theatre.

“It is with deep regret that I must inform council and the citizens of this. It has come time to end the project,” Moore said.

Moore said the decision was based on many factors, most notably the severe deterioration of the structure and the lack of funding for the project.

Resident Joe Armbruster has spearheaded the renovation efforts the past 12 years.

“I must commend Joe and others. I know how he feels bad about not being able to complete it,” Moore said.

He added he hopes funding can be secured to demolish the building at 300 S. Sandusky Ave. “very soon.”

“A lot of people put their life and soul into the project. The building is just too far gone at this point,” Moore said.

One hurdle to funding the restoration was the exclusion of the building from the Bucyrus Historical District. Because it sits one block south of that district, the State of Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission would not release funding.

“I give Joe and the board five stars for being able to know when the time was right to make the final call on the curtain and end their efforts in restoring this building,” Moore said.


See link for photo:

DavidZornig on September 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

Courtesy of Robert Smith via the “Saving Art Deco Theaters” Facebook page. Copy & paste to view.

DavidZornig on January 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

1952 photo added courtesy of Steve Adydan‎.

DavidZornig on March 10, 2018 at 9:55 am

Current article about the search for the original sign.

spectrum on March 26, 2021 at 9:22 am

Looks like restoration efforts are under way again! Here’s a 2019 article about the new owner/developer and his plans for restoration of the theatre:

So far they have already replaced the roof, done asbestos abatement and repaired the masonry on the sides and back of the building, and received several million dollars in grant funding for repairs which will next be replacement of the marquee, installation of a new vertical sign and repair of the front facade.

The auditorium walls are stripped to the bare bricks, so they would need to be completely replicated. But it’s good to see that at least some work has been done and already at least $6,000,000 has been received and partially spent on repairs.

Some more recent articles: 2017 Article about the Schine:

The corrected link to the Cayuga County Arts Council website is:

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