The Lansing Theatre, at 638 Second Avenue (between 117th and 118th streets), was in operation approximately 1914-1950 thereby making it the second longest-operating movie theater in Lansingburgh.
Lansingburgh will have a new moving-picture theatre if the plans of certain promoters do not go astray. The vacant lot on Second Avenue, between [One Hundred] Sixteenth and Seventeenth Streets, owned by Thomas Morrissey, was surveyed yesterday and it is possible that the theatre will be erected there. Several other properties are being considered. The theatre is to be an elaborate one.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Times. October 4, 1913: 2 col 4.
With the opening of the Lansing Theatre in Lansingburgh to-morrow night the people of that section will be provided with a place of amusement of comfort, architectural beauty and excellent facilities for entertainment. The new playhouse is a moving-picture theatre of the highest grade, and the productions booked for the coming season are said to outclass in all respects any to which the amusement lovers of the section have been accustomed. The house is centrally located on Second Avenue, just above [One Hundred] Seventeenth Street, and electric cars run directly to the doors. The theatre is entered through a handsome lobby fifty feet long, with tiled floor of artistic design, and walls and ceiling in white that make the aspect exceedingly bright, cheerful and neat. The auditorium is spacious and handsomely decorated, and the incline is so perfectly adjusted that an uninterrupted view of the screen can be had from any seat on the floor. Similar conditions exist in the gallery, which is reached by a broad stairway. The house is equipped with mission furniture and the side walls are beautifully tinted in old rose and buff. The interior is lighted by electricity and the handsome electric fixtures are so arranged and located that the light reaches the screen in a manner that will eliminate the complaints of eye strain so often heard in connection with moving-picture theatres. The seats are comfortably upholstered and in color harmonize artistically with the general scheme. The matter of safety first has been given due consideration, as there are ten wide exits on the main floor. Special attention has also been given the item of ventilation and the equipment in that respect is of the most improved type. The theatre will be conducted by Battaglia & Saperstein, two Trojans who have been sparing of neither expense nor trouble in constructing and equipping the house. Joseph Saperstein will be in charge and says it is his intention to conduct the finest photoplay house in Troy. Order will be maintained at all times, and it is the purpose of the management to cater to a patronage that appreciates wholesome, entertaining and high-class productions. The house will open to-morrow night under conditions most auspicious.
Troy Times. November 25, 1914: 8 col 5.
Naomi Sayles Tent, Daughters of Union Veterans, will hold a card party this evening in its rooms over the Lansing Theatre on Second Avenue. The committee in charge includes Mrs. Hattie LeBeau, Chairman; Mrs. Grace Irish and Mrs. Mae Pratt.
Troy Times. December 29, 1925: 3 col 3.
LANSING THEATRE AWARDED PLAQUE FOR REPRODUCTION.
The Lansing Theatre was recently awarded a beautiful bronze plaque by the exhibitors Herald-World, as a tribute to the excellent reproduction of sound and talking pictures. The Lansing was subjected to several accoustical tests be expert sound technicians who found it perfect in every respect.
This achievement is unique, as the Lansing is the first theatre in Troy and the first neighborhood theatre in New York state (excluding New York city) to receive this award for perfect sound. It is equipped with Western Electric sound system. The bronze plaque is now on display at the theatre.
Troy Times. May 10, 1930: 8 cols 7-8.