Essex Theatre

3265 Broad Street,
Port Henry, NY 12974

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Previously operated by: Kallet Theaters Inc.

Functions: Housing

Previous Names: Star Theatre

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Essex Theatre - Essex County, NY

Opened as the Star Theatre. It was taken over by Kallett Theatres chain in 1940 and renamed Essex Theatre on December 31, 1940. It appears that the Essex Theatre was already closed by 1983.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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joemasher on January 25, 2010 at 1:01 am

I was in the Essex a couple of times in the late 80’s when the lobby functioned as Jimmy’s News Room. The doors to the auditorium were partially opened on one of my visits. There was a huge amount of storage/debris covering the seats and isles, but for some reason that day the house lights were on. It seemed like it once was a nice small-town theater. The building has since been converted to apartments. I believe this was a Kallet operation at one point.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Address is 3265 Broad Street

Texas2step on June 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm

A December 1940 article states that the Essex Theatre was previously known as the Star Theatre. Kallet renovated the Star and renamed it the Essex. The proposed opening of the Essex Theatre was December 31, 1940.

Prior to the Essex Theatre opening, there was an Empire Theatre operating in Port Henry, New York which closed just before the Essex Theatre opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2021 at 1:19 am

Here is an item from the January 4, 1941 issue of Showmen’s Trade Review:

“Port Henry, N. Y.— The Kallett Theatre Circuit has leased the Empire Theatre here and will now proceed with plans to close the house and spend about $25,000 renovating the Star Theatre.”
The item might have been a bit belated, as they sometimes were in many of the trade journals of that period.

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