Looking over early picture postcards of Main Street, one can sometimes spot a storefront movie house such as the Theatorium in Perry, New York.
Its opening reprinted in “Down Memory Lane”, Perry Herald, March 21, 1957:
“March 21, 1907-Perry’s new Theatorium will open to the public on Friday March 22, in the Bullard block next to Coburn’s restaurant, with new and up-to-date movies. Admission will be 5c.”
Perry Herald-News, March 26, 1908:
“Mr. Criswell, who recently took the management of the Theatorium, has improved the conditions so as to accommodate increasing audiences.”
Perry Herald, October 1, 1909:
“At the Theatorium–Friday night: Babe Mitchell, the dainty, singing comedienne; four lighting changes in one act
“Pictures-Poor Kiddies and Lace Making, Buying Manhattan, and Boots He could Not Wear. Song by Mr. Merville ‘I Wish I Had My Old Girl Back Again’”
Perry Herald, November 2, 1909:
“R. U. Criswell, who formerly run [sic] the Theatorium here, has bought the Lyric Theatre, a similar moving picture show in Batavia.”
Wyoming County Times, July 14, 1910:
“The Theatorium moving picture house has been closed.”
Wyoming County Times, November 17, 1910:
“The Theatorium is closed again and is being arranged inside for a store.”
From the Perry Herald-News, June 13, 1907:
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