9060 Mozart Theatre, Elks' Club and Masonic Building, Elmira, NY

This month’s Chemung County Historical Journal features Dr. Carol Silverberg’s article “Chemung Valley’s Ghostlights: A Glimpse into Elmira’s Theatrical Past. ”

This article gives an early history of theater in Elmira from the 1830s to the 1930s. As rural Southern Tier cities grew and thrived, theaters that offered live plays, vaudeville, and musicals enriched the residents’ lives. This exploration of the area’s theater history gives remarkable insight to the development of the Southern Tier and the importance of live entertainment.

Dr. Silverberg, Adjunct Lecturer in Theater and English, based this article on research conducted for her master’s thesis, The History of Theater in Corning and Elmira, New York.

Submitted by: Carol Silverberg