Heights Theater

210 E. 14th Street,
Elmira Heights, NY 14903

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Previously operated by: CinemaNational, Dipson Circuit

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Heights...Elmira Heights NY

Built in 1949, the Heights Theater was closed in 2000 but reopened in the fall of 2002 under new ownership. It had closed by December 2021.

Contributed by Craig M Spencer

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

GeorgeC on January 7, 2006 at 11:47 pm

Was this theater at one time called the Strand?
My great uncle owned a Strand theater in Elmira. It was 2nd run with double bills changing every three days and the theater was dark on Wednesdays. Closed in the mid 1960’s. I remember visiting him a couple of times when I was around 11 years old and always had the greatest time. The projectionist let me rewind reels and showed me how to do reel change-overs. The screen was always exposed although there was a curtain but not operational. The black border curtains did open wider for Scope pictures . .. although the extra width seemed to be just a few feet on either side. So there was really not much difference in screen size between Flat and Scope films. The projector’s anamorphic lens could be adjusted to fit the screen and I’m sure that to fill the top and bottom of the screen the sides of the picture were heavily cropped.

I’m pretty sure this was formerly the Strand, although the Strand had a moving light marque, so I may be mistaken.

joemasher on January 8, 2006 at 1:22 am

The Strand was located in downtown Elmira and was demolished in the 70’s. This was always the Heights.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

A genuine “cinema treasure” and success story due to the hard work and dedication of the current owner Craig Spencer. With special thanks to him for a tour and permission to post the 1949 photo of the Heights. Three views of the theater here, here and here. Two auditorium views here and here. And the 1949 photo here.

LFOP on October 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Here’s a 2008 view of the HEIGHTS. I went here as a kid in the 1950’s.

cspencer on November 27, 2008 at 9:00 am

November 25, 2008 ends my 6 years of operating the Heights Theater. I have sold it to the owners of the Glen Theater in Watkins Glen New York.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 28, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Good luck Craig!! I know you had put a lot of hard work and money into the Heights.


Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

From 2007 a view of the Heights Theater in Elmira Heights NY.

rivest266 on December 30, 2021 at 1:56 pm

Closed as showtimes are not seen anywhere and the website disconnected.

Moviefan333 on February 25, 2023 at 7:59 am

This is very discouraging Craig was a great owner. I came here when I went to visit my friend in Ithaca New York. Such a nice theater inside great prices for the movies great staff very friendly and knowledgeable. This is a real shame it’s not lit up showing movies Friday Saturday and Sunday on the silver screen. No news if the theater will reopen again

kdn1692 on November 25, 2023 at 11:03 am

Sadly the theater is currently not open. The previous owner decided to forego a deal that would of kept the theater open and instead gave it to His Tab Church who haven’t run the theater since given it. It is currently for sale and hopefully someone comes thru and runs the theater right.

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