History of the theatre...

The Valatie Theater was originally built as a "movie house" in 1926. Music, theatrical performances and films were all showcased at the theatre. For 50 years, the Valatie theatre was an integral part of this thriving and vigorous mill community. Unfortunately, the textile mills shutdown, the local economy changed, and the Valatie Theatre was forced to close its doors in 1970. Many residents recall spending leisure time enjoying activities such as motion picture nights and the occasional live performances of theater and music at the theatre. The inside of the theatre has the original tin ceilings and theatre seats.

In 2004-5, a grassroots organization formed and the Valatie Community Theatre, Inc. became a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization. Our goal is to preserve, rehabilitate, operate and promote this historic theatre. Our mission is to bring artistic opportunities to Valatie and the greater community through numerous and varied programs. We are guided by a volunteer board of directors.

The renovation efforts for the theatre include structural reinforcements, installation of modern electrical, plumbing and heating/air conditioning equipment, roof repairs, theatre offices, box office and theatre facilities such as stage lighting, audio equipment, dressing rooms, set storage, and a projection and control booth.

At the completion of the theatre renovations, there will be seating for approximately 256 people.


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