Movie theatre? Dance studio? Commercial mall? Barber shop? Laundromat? All of the above and then some have, at one time, been housed in this long empty brick building in the center of town. For years, I’ve been curious as it sat empty — holding only memories and attracting rumors of what it’s like inside.
Located in the center of downtown Pine Plains.
A handful of us came to satisfy our curiosity and take a tour of the building when it had an open house for an auction.
The first thing you see on entering explains its history.
Here is the ground floor hallway.
Office and commercial space branched off.
Beautiful studio space is tempting.
And left over from the days of showing movies, a fire proof projection booth.
The proscenium arch remains although the auditorium was filled with flooring.
The detail of the ornamental tin ceiling…
All in all, there did not seem to be any visible water damage on the ceilings as the roof was secure.
I was impressed. The conditions were better than rumored, but how to develop it?