The Glove Theatre is set to receive a New York State Historic Marker. It’ll be unveiled under the marquee of the historic theater during a ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday.
The Glove Theatre opened in 1914 and hosted movies, music, vaudeville, and civic events. In 1920, it became the flagship theatre and home office of Schine Enterprises until 1965. In 1971, the venue officially closed, though it did have a few civic engagements during that decade. The official reopening occurred in October of 1997 with the “The Phantom of the Glove,” of which current Mayor Vincent DeSantis served as the original president of the Board of Directors.
The historic marker was funded with a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
“This historic marker honors the legacy of the Glove Theatre as an arts venue within the city for the past 109 years,” said Glove Theatre Vice President and Historian Alex Miller, who worked with the Pomeroy Foundation to obtain the grant. “Immediately following the historic marker’s dedication, the Glove Theatre Museum will reopen with a new exhibition, featuring newly discovered artifacts and photographs detailing its rich history, its century of performers, important civic events, and headquarters of the Schine movie empire.”
Under Miller’s direction, with the help of Museum Curator Richard Samrov, Joann Samrov and numerous community volunteers, the exhibit tells the story of the last remaining vaudeville theatre of the Southern Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley region to survive into the 21st century.
The unveiling of the marker will take place just before the Southern Adirondacks Food and Wine Festival and Glove Cities Arts Alliance 2023 Arts Walk. Speakers will include state Senator Mark Walczyk, R-Watertown, state Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R-Johnstown, Fulton County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman John Blackmon, DeSantis and Miller.