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Mark Simonson

September 14, 2013

'Picturesque Oneonta' filmed 100 years ago


The Star had reported that plans for the Municipal Building had “aroused the jealousy of the theaters,” likely the reason a state marshal had intervened. All theaters battled to get “Picturesque Oneonta” in their hall. It was reported that “Manager Cronin of the Broad Street Theatre” was the winner, and showings began on Saturday, Sept. 27. The evening exhibitions drew 1,150 patrons, and in order to accommodate everyone else, the picture played afternoons and evenings until the following Friday.

It is uncertain whether “Picturesque Oneonta” attracted any new businesses or residents to Oneonta, but it was indeed a box office hit among the locals.

On Monday:  A nearly 30-year effort was made to build today’s Alumni Fieldhouse at State University College at Oneonta.

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 His website is His columns can be found at

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