Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale

#13 of 18 in Nightlife in Catskill Region
Theater · Concert / Show
The Rosendale Theatre is a three-story, 260-seat movie theater and performance venue in Rosendale Village, a hamlet and former village in the town of Rosendale in Ulster County, New York. The building was opened as a casino in 1905, and began showing films in the 1920s. By the 1930s, a stage had been installed for live vaudeville and burlesque acts. The casino was eventually taken over by the local government, and used to house the town's fire department.A tile setter, Anthony Cacchio Sr., rented the building in 1949 and converted it into a movie theater; it opened on February 18, 1949 with a screening of the film Blood on the Moon. Cacchio owned the building outright by the mid-1950s. During this time, a severe flood damaged the Theatre's interior, and all the equipment had to be replaced. In its early years, the Theatre showed about 300 different movies each year, making it unpopular with film distributors. Denied easy access to first run films, the Theatre turned to independent movies and art films, and eventually began exhibiting live performances. Cacchio's entire family helped run the Theatre; his wife Fannie sold tickets and determined the Theatre's movie selection, while their sons Anthony Jr. and Rocco, and grandson Michael, ran the projector and eventually managed the day-to-day operation of the business.
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  • Probably the best Documentary on gospel music ever made now in restored 4 K print thanks to Dennis Doros and Milestone Distribution. Good Crowd in Spite of bad Weather enjoyed lively q&a with...  more »
  • This is an old theater & it shows mostly art flicks. The theater is ok, not the new seats. People working there are nice & friendly.  more »
  • Cute old-school theater that hosts all kinds of viewing parties. We saw a screening of 'Free Solo', and a live Doors concert. Organic hand popped popcorn, beverages, and candy available. Love to support local, community-driven recreation like this. I believe you can become a member for discounts and such
  • Only went one time as I'm not a big movie person. It's a cute little spot and offers a unique experience. It's old and not really "up to date" but that's what gives it its charm! It's close to me so I would consider going again.. dinner down the street and a movie.

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