Indiana Jones showings at State Theatre postponed due to heat problem

February 20, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

The State Theatre of Ithaca has been forced to postpone the showings of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade" scheduled for this weekend, due to a reported heat outage in the building.

Part of a series of family-friendly movies, the Indiana Jones showings will now be next Friday and Saturday, February 27th and 28th. All previously issued tickets will be honored for the new showtimes.

A State Theatre representative tells us the building's 1928 boiler failed sometime last night, and while they were able to get it working again earlier today, "There is no way we could get the whole place up to movie theatre heat by showtime."

Movies returned to the century-old theatre last January, beginning with "Pete's Dragon," a Disney film blending live action and animation that features a boy and a dragon named Elliott, and "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," a Steven Spielberg film that features an alien and a boy named Eliot (no relation). The State showed "Raider's of the Lost Ark," the first movie in the Indiana Jones series, last year.

The building dates back to 1915, when, like a surprising number of Ithaca's old edifaces, it was an auto dealership and service station. It was converted into a theatre in the 1920s, and for decades served as a cinema and vaudeville performance space. It closed in the late 1980s, but was bought in 1998 by Historic Ithaca, which set out to renovate and reopen the downtown space.

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