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February 18, 2013

Deposit never quit on the State Theatre

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A crowd gathered Friday, March 4, 1995 to watch the installation of the refurbished marquee. A forklift was seen carrying it slowly along Front Street.

“When the marquee was about a half a block away a hush fell over the crowd,” theater manager DeNys said. “It was as though everyone sensed the magnitude of the moment.”

Within a few months the theater was opened again. “Casper” was shown Friday, June 16.

Some believe that bad things come in threes. For the State Theatre, the third “thing” came in June 2006, as the nearby Delaware River flooded, filling the theater, covering the stage and every row of seats.

“We’re not done,” DeNys said. “We’re reopening, but we are not done.” New seats were acquired, and the mess was cleaned up, and the State was open again in September.

Here’s another song dedication going out to Deposit. From 1979, it’s Gloria Gaynor, with “I Will Survive.”

This weekend: Eliphalet Remington Jr. needed a rifle for hunting.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at simmark@stny.rr.com. His website is www.oneontahistorian.com. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/marksimonson.

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