Schines Auburn Theatre

Under construction
Also known as: Auburn Theatre
12--14 South St., Auburn, New York

Depression era, Art Deco style theater undergoing restoration


Overview Looking Southeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2020



Street View 


According to Cinema Treasures, the theater opened in September 1938 with an Errol Flynn film entitled Fourís A Crowd. The site says "The Auburn Schine Theater featured a unique outer space Atmospheric look in the high Art Deco style." (A link to Cinema Treasures is listed below under "Sources.")

The theater is owned by the Cayuga County Arts Council and is undergoing restoration. The original blade sign is MIA and a search has been underway. The whereabouts and condition of the blade is unknown.

The Cayuga County Arts Council has a page dedication to the theater with some amazing photos of the theater through its life. A link to the page is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 15, 2000
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement: Moderne
Areas of significance
Entertainment/Recreation; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Period of significance
Significant year


20th Century (29,078)
Auburn, New York (18)
Brick (42,464)
Built 1938 (486)
Built during 1930s (5,388)
Cayuga County, New York (73)
Have Street View (47,417)
John Eberson (24)
Modern Movement (2,581)
Moderne (741)
New York (6,223)
Private owner (54,399)
Theater (3,303)

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2021: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • March 26, 2021: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
  • December 28, 2011: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark.