1994 Photo from the John Lewis collection
1 Main St|
Au Sable Forks NY
|Record #23024 |
Opened: September 5, 1937|
Capacity: 456 seats|
Architect(s): Quentin F Haig
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
Information for this tour was contributed by Bob Monaco.
The Hollywood Theatre was built and opened in 1937. It was operated by Bridge Theatre, Inc. The Bridge Theatre was closed shortly after building & opening the Hollywood Theatre. Fred Pelkey owner of The Adirondack Record, a local newspaper, and Lawrence Bean were among the partners in the Bridge Theatre, Inc. They bought the other partners out in the mid 1950s. They were the last of the small theatres in the area; operating longer than any others according to a film broker. The Hollywood Theatre was closed in the mid-1970s, after a 30+ year run.
The theatre was bought by Dick Ward in 1978. He went in to purchase the vintage popcorn machine for his kids and ended up buying the entire theatre. His mother encouraged him to buy the theatre as she was an avid movie-goer. He kept it operating until after her death.
In 1983, the seats were removed and sent to Lake Placid Palace Theater to make a twin theatre. The floor was leveled with a wooden platform so that machinery could be brought in for a luge factory which operated for only a couple of years.
The building was closed until 1993 when John Pattnos purchased it to expand his business for a warehouse for his carpets, appliances, and mattresses.
Friends of the North Country, a local historical society, tried to raise money to save the theatre, but was unsuccessful, primarily due to the small size of the community. They were able to partially restore the building. Bricks were used to replace the original marble façade. They kept some of the original details of the building.
A realtor sold it in 2006 and it is believed that the plans are for it to be reopened as a theatre by the new owners.
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October 1994 photos from the John Lewis collection.
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Photos from the Bob Monaco collection.
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