Our fourth venue visit on 2013′s Conclave Theatre Tour will be to:
289 River St., Troy, N.Y.
An example of a purpose-built movie house, the American opened in 1928 without a stage. Dwarfed by its movie palace neighbors, the American survived through the years playing regular movies through the late sixties. A name change at that time to Cinema Art brought adult fare to the theatre. A few years before it closed as an adult establishment, the owner removed all of the seats and original fabric wall covering and turned the auditorium from an adult movie theater into a retail establishment. It was closed after a raid in 2006, and city has since removed and stored the original canopy marquee, claiming it was unsafe.
WHY ARE WE SEEING IT?
Though not a true movie palace, the American is a fine example of a small theater in a mid-size city and is a survivor. This is the last opportunity to see the space as a single-screen theater, as it has recently been acquired and development plans are in the works to reuse the space.