Glen Theater

112 N. Franklin Street,
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

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Styles: Neo-Classical

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Glen Theater

Opened in 1924, this theater was a first run movie house for decades before difficult times forced its conversion into an adult movie house.

Bought by a local resident in 1996, the Glen Theater was restored and reopened as a second-run theater that occassionally snags a new release. A second screen was added in an adjoining former retail unit and the Glen Theater now plays first run movies.

Operating successfully for the past five years, it has once again become a local favorite. It was closed in July 2019, and sold to a new owner who has since reopened the theater.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

teecee on March 4, 2005 at 1:23 pm

Homepage, only has movie listings:

teecee on August 25, 2005 at 4:02 am

I attended a showing of Must Love Dogs on 8/22/05 in the original single screen theater. This theater is technically now a TWIN and could be updated as such.

The theater purchased the adjoining building, a former drug store, and converted it to an additional theater screen. Each screen has its own lobby. Both operate under the Glen Theater name. The new lobby matches the décor of the original theater’s lobby. The original theater has many old black & white photographs of movie stars in its lobby. The original auditorium has movie posters on its walls, which are painted white with hot pink accents. I took some interior and exterior photos that I’ll post shortly.

I was told by the ticket taker that the theater had been shut for 16 years before it was restored.

Patsy on September 9, 2005 at 7:16 am

TC: I was in Watkins Glen 2 years ago and did enter this theatre during the vintage racing weekend as they were showing vintage racing footage. At that time I didn’t have the ‘theatre bug’ so I didn’t notice the interior details as pictured in the photos you have provided CT so will have to look a bit closer the next time I find myself in that beautiful and quaint town in the Finger Lakes Region of NYS.

cspencer on November 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

The owners of Glen Theater just recently purchased the Heights Theater in Elmira Heights NY

Patsy on November 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I may have touched on this before, but I was not aware that this theatre was twinned. I visited the Glen several years ago and it was not twinned at that time.

Patsy on November 27, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Also this theatre had a marquee different than the awning type marquee that is present today, but I believe the City of Watkins Glen wouldn’t allow the former marquee to extend so many feet from the curb and the street. Perhaps someone who lives in WG can explain further explain this decision. I would love to see a photo of what the former or original marquee looked like.

movieguy on November 27, 2008 at 10:57 pm

The original theatre is intact, it has not been split. The 2nd theatre is a few store fronts down in what used to be a drug store

Patsy on November 28, 2008 at 10:22 am

“it has not been split”… to my ears..thanks, Peter!

gd14lawn on January 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm


MarkNYLA on October 9, 2019 at 8:41 pm

Closed and for sale as of July 2019.

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