Imperial Theatre

13 Colden Street,
Newburgh, NY 12550

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Operating by 1910, the Imperial Theatre was located in the Newburgh, New York area, on Route 9. That was all the information in a Newspaper advertisement.

It was still open in 1914, and probably closed in the early-1920’s.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I found this small two column ad in the Newburgh Paper.Best I could make out was it was on a Route Nine.ANd it could be thirty miles out of town for i know.I hadn’t come across another ad since that on time.

BobWilson on May 7, 2011 at 4:49 am

Mike – Without having seen the ad you mention, and if it references a location on “Route 9”, that could have been on “Route 9-W”, which is called Robinson Avenue in Newburgh. However, my own guess is that it was located by 1920 on the site of the by-then defunct Bob Ton Theater on Colden Street in Newburgh. OR, it could have evolved into what later was named the Park Theater, which was located only two doors west of Robinson. ????

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks Bob.So many old newspapoer ads assume everyone knows where the theatre was located,maybe in those days they did.

Marcel on June 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

The Imperial Theatre was located on Rt.9 in Wappingers Falls, NY between Fishkill and Poughkeepsie, if you were driving towards the South Hills Mall, it was in a strip mall to the right. The area is so built up now, I’m not sure of its exact location.

BobWilson on January 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

The “original” Imperial Theater in Newburgh was opened in about 1912 at number 13 Colden Street and featured a projection screen material that could show movies clearly under daylight conditions, indoors or out. A man named Genter had invented this material and also manufactured it in a shop on Colden Street. Genter and a business partner also opened another Newburgh theater at thew corner of Broadway and Johnston Street, but it soon failed. The original Newburgh Imperial theater had closed by 1920.

BobWilson on March 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I think Marcel’s location of an Imperial Theatre on Route 9 at Wappinger’s Falls is correct,(and which the ad that Mike Rogers has seen was from that time) but I believe that that one was opened close to 50 years after the one on Colden Street in Newburgh which existed back in the 1910-1920 era.

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