The Crandell Theatre is located in the Village of Chatham, NY and is Columbia County’s oldest and largest movie theatre. The Crandell was built by Walter S. Crandell, a Chatham native and local banker. Considered an architectural gem, the theater was constructed in Spanish Renaissance style and remains largely unchanged since it opened on Christmas Day, 1926, with a Jules Verne photoplay. It’s the oldest theater in Columbia County, with a seating capacity of 534. it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.
Constructed on the site of a house formerly owned by the Crandell family, the pink brick and stucco theater was built at a cost of $100,000 pre-Depression dollars. It was envisioned as a venue for traveling vaudeville shows and silent pictures. However, in recognition of the growing importance of talking movies after “The Jazz Singer” was released in 1927, the theater installed talking and sound-making equipment in 1929.
Official website http://www.crandelltheatre.org/
Phone +1 518 392 3331
Address 48 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037, USA
Coordinates 42°21'47.758" N -73°35'45.593" E