Cohoes Theatre

12 White Street,
Cohoes, NY 12047

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Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Cohoes Theatre

On the corner of Remsen Street & White Street in downtown Cohoes, the Cohoes Theatre served the movie going public from its opening in 1942 through the early-1970’s.

Designed by noted theatre architect John Eberson, the building features brick ornamentation on its exterior, and a colorful, swirled mural ceiling in its auditorium. When I was last in the building about 20 years ago, the seats had been ripped out and sloped floor leveled with dirt, and there were used washers and dryers stored in there. The current owner also ripped out the exterior box office and the right-side set of entrance doors, and replaced them with windows. The dazzling neon marquee was removed shortly after the theater closed.

The derelict Cohoes Theatre was demolished in November 2010.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 8, 2010 at 10:27 am



This theater was owned by Fabian Theaters.

joemasher on September 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm

The City of Cohoes voted to demolish this theater on 8/23/10. It is now in derelict condition with holes in the roof and nothing inside worth saving as it’s been totally gutted.

gd14lawn on November 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

The correct address for this theatre is 12 White Street.
The theatre is scheduled for demolition starting as soon as tomorrow, 11/5/10.
“We’re mobilizing and demolishing the building” Mayor John T. McDonald III said Wednesday.
DiTonno and Sons of Colonie, NY had been contracted to demolish the building at a cost of $46,600.

robboehm on November 5, 2010 at 5:43 am

Are there no photos of this building, even in its derelict condition? For a house of this size and importance I would think there would, at least, be postcard images.

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on November 7, 2010 at 6:32 am

We lose another Eberson creation. We can’t save them all, but it sure would be nice to try! I will be in Albany on Friday and will swing by to take a few demo files for the Theatre Historical Society archive file. Would rather be taking grand re-opening photos, however…

joemasher on November 18, 2010 at 4:23 am

Article and video from The Troy Record on demolition:
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I was inside a few weeks ago—there really was nothing left except one pair of entrance doors, and remnants of two murals on the side walls of the auditorium that were extremely deteriorated and moldy.
Sad to see this one go—this theater’s marquee had great neon animation and I’ll always remember watching it fondly as a child from a nearby restaurant that my family patronized frequently.

joemasher on November 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

Also if you’re ever in Cohoes, be sure to visit the Cohoes Music Hall, although not a cinema it’s certainly a treasure!

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