Vassar Theatre, Vassar

This was a gem. It's closed right now, but it looks to be in very good shape -- so either it just closed, or it's being renovated.


10/8/06: replaced with a better scan


Bennett & Straight, architects.


Opened in 1937.

  • Seth Gaines PRO 10y

    Wow! Colors! That's pretty garish, even for that sort of theater.
  • Matthew E. Cohen 10y

    Cool theater.
  • Tim's Freind 10y

    The Vassar Theatre had been closed for 13 years for renovation and has re-opened as of November 23, 2005.
  • I am Jacques Strappe 10y

    Oh, that is excellent news! Thanks for the information!
  • kelliemak40 9y

    I am Kelliemak40!
    The Vassar Theatre is back and simply BEAUTIFUL!!! totally restored to better than historical beauty's a must see! Takes you back, artwork and bathrooms are simply stunning!!! A real treat to a wonderful city! A must visit for those who haven't seen it!
  • I am Jacques Strappe 9y

    THanks for the information! I read a few articles online about the restoration, seems that they got it right, down to the smallest detail -- even the door hinges, I read, have been restored! This IS great news! I'm hoping that this summer I'll have a chance to visit, and see a movie there.
  • jessica7474 9y

    Great to see the theater open, I have many fond memories of it from when I was a child. That being said, parents with children between the ages of two and three (or younger if you choose to take them to the theater) BEWARE: The owner recently confronted me on my last trip to the theater (my third with my children since it opened) when I attempted to change his diaper in the bathroom. I was told to "get him off" of the ONLY space available for a diaper change, a chair - SINCE THERE ARE NO BABY CHANGING STATIONS IN THE RESTROOMS. It seems that the owner enjoys the money he receives from our trips to the theater, but doesn't really want to accommodate children. Note to the owner: IF YOU DON'T WANT CHILDREN IN YOUR THEATER, DON'T SHOW MOVIES FOR CHILDREN. Because if you do, parents are going to expect you to provide accommodations for the children who attend movies at your theater.
  • I am Jacques Strappe 9y

    That is a good point, they should have a baby changing station. However, just to put my two cents in (since you have done the same already): does anyone really think that babies -- children younger than three -- actually understand and appreciate the movie being shown to them? Also, look at it from the perspective of the other people in attendance. I don't know about you, but I hate it (absolutely ABHOR it) when a baby or toddler somewhere in the audience starts to cry and wail. At a movie, at a concert, at anything of the sort. A movie theater is no place for a baby.
  • jessica7474 9y

    Actually, my children are not babies, they are toddlers (almost three) -and yes they do appreciate the movie they are seeing. You also need to consider the audience at showings of movies for children - the majority are parents and their children.
    I do agree with you, a movie theater is no place for a baby. However, I am discusing toddler-aged children. That being said - responsible parents will get up and exit the theater when their children start to cry. Which most parents at theaters with young children do.
  • I am Jacques Strappe 9y

    You must live in a close-to-perfect world where parents respect others and aren't just worried about their babies. In all the times I've been to movies or concerts and a baby starts to cry (which usually results in a chain reaction of several more wailing infants), little is done to stop it.

    If you politely suggest that the movie theater owner install a baby-changing station -- or better yet, set up a drive or fund to buy one -- that would be better than ranting about seemingly greedy theater-owners.
  • Tim OBrien 9y

    As the owner of the Vassar Theatre, I feel compelled to respond to the above comments. I take these suggestions seriously and encourage feedback and criticism where it is warranted.

    I have been in the theatre business for sixteen years and have always tried to provide a breadth of programming which caters largely to families. But in my experience, children under five years of age have neither the attention span or the interest in a full length feature film. I, therefore, urge parents to use discretion when deciding to bring very young children to see a movie.

    The woman who posted her negative comments above failed to mention that she was attempting to change her child's diaper on a $1,200 chaise lounge which I had specially made for the ladies restroom - and which her other kid happened to be jumping on at the same time. This bathroom received very special attention and includes tile of real gold and platinum, granite countertops and faux marble walls. It is intended to capture the romance and glamour of a 1930's movie palace. I feel that a plastic baby changing station is neither appropriate or necessary for this restroom.

    This theatre may not have some the "amenities" (i.e. baby changing stations, booster seats, etc.) that a modern multiplex has. For those requiring such things, the multiplex may be a better choice.

    As for the Vassar Theatre, I am dedicated to providing the best possible movie going experience and best facilites for everyone's enjoyment.
  • Jon Peters 9y

    i drive by this theater sometimes, it looks really great after the ronovation.

    I cannot belive it's closed.
    It looks fantastic.
  • hughesindustrial 8y

    I agree with the owner,

    A restored building and/or restroom is not suppose to be a place to change crappy diapers on. If she wants that the go to McDonalds and let them play in the Playhouse. In a society today everyone thinks that they need all the perks. Its pathetic. Sorry but this is a restored antique movie theater, not a FAST FOOD RESTAURANT.

    Sorry lady but a restored theater is just that, not a "I want all the creature comforts" situation.

    Their is always someone to complain about something. I for one support this theater and glad its not another boarded up building.

    And if your kids craps their pants, take then someplace because I really dont want to smell or worry about sitting on a nice chair with the possibility of human debris on it. Get a babysitter to enjoy the theater and keep your nergative "Me Me" attitude someplace else.
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