The Story of the Kallet Theater
On October 6, 1881, Pulaski suffered a major fire that was so disastrous that “more than sixty persons or firms suffered loss of property.” The burned district, comprising the entire business part of the village, extended from North Park to the iron bridge and from Salmon River to the west side of Broad street. The principal sufferers were Dr. James N. Betts. The loss prompted Betts to construct something new, something that would give back to the community.
In 1883, the Betts Opera House opened for business. Francis Hohman became the proprietor of the opera house and the name was changed to the Hohman Opera House in 1908. Hohman, along with his family operated the Opera House later calling it the Pulaski Opera House, and eventually operated it as a movie house called the Pulaski Theatre. In 1924 the Pulaski Lodge I.O.O.F. (International Order of Odd Fellows) submitted plans to the state labor commission for a building, to occupy the vacant lots on the east side of Jefferson St. between the Opera House and F.P. Bett’s Store. It opened in February 1925 and would be called the Temple Theatre. Tragically, The Hohman Opera House was destroyed by fire in January of 1934.
In 1935, Myron J. Kallet, assumed the lease for the Temple Theater and remodeled it, opening it as the New Temple Theater on Friday, August 2 of that year. The New Temple Theater burned in January of 1939, after which M. J. Kallet, Inc. acquired the former Pulaski Opera House/Pulaski Theatre lot as well as the New Temple Theater ruins and proceeded to construct a new theater. This new Theater opened on Wednesday June 7th of 1939, it was called The Kallet Theater.
The Kallet operated as a Cinema and meeting house until sadly, it closed in 1984. The space was used intermittently as a Yoga studio and auto parts store, until Father and son team, Vince and Vinny Lobdell, obtained the property in the end of 2011 and with the help of many supporters now bring you, the new Kallet Theater.
This proverbial phoenix from the ash has returned once again to bring the Village of Pulaski and the surrounding area a Theater and events center, hosting gala events, fundraisers, wedding receptions, anniversary parties, company parties, corporate training, conferences and all variety of film and live performances.
For more information on the buildings renovation and ultimate transformation click here.
We’re committed to meeting all our guests’ needs to ensure everyone is welcome. We want to do more than just meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act – we want to provide equal access to our products and services for all our customers to the best of our ability.
We would ask anyone wishing to use our facilities or their carer or supporter to contact us with any specific needs. We will make every effort to meet the needs as explained to us and will not shy away from making any adjustments necessary to deliver the very best hospitality.
On the second floor, we have a small bar with lounge and a small balcony. Because the building was originally constructed in 1939, unfortunately there is no elevator to the second floor and therefore would be inaccessible to people using a wheelchair.
However, depending on the event, we generally offer at least a limited selection of adult beverages downstairs at concession, sometimes a complete bar, and no matter the event, If you are not able to find anything you’d like downstairs, one of our staff would be honored and pleased to procure you a cocktail from the upstairs bar and deliver it to your table.
The ground floor (which comprises of 85% of the entire space) is 100% wheelchair accessible, even for heavier powered chairs. From the handicapped parking spots on the side of the theater throughout the entire ground floor, there is at no time an obstruction greater than 1/8″ of an inch and even then it is only in the thresholds. No stairs or step ups of any height beyond that. Additionally, any of our seats on the main floor can accommodate a wheel chair so you are not “stuck” with only one location and our ground floor restrooms are ample enough to accommodate a motorized wheel chair and of course are equipped with support bars.
When you purchase your tickets, please inform the ticketing agent that one or more members of your party will be using a wheel chair and whether or not you’d like their chairs removed from your table.
For those needing assistance hearing, the theater is equipped with an assistive listening system using either over the ear or T-coil / telecoil inductive loops as well as distributed audio sound system for listening throughout the space as well as in the lobby and restrooms.
When you purchase your tickets, please inform the ticketing agent that one or more members of your party will require an assistive listening unit and we will make arrangements for you to pick up the unit or units when you arrive.
For any other accessibility needs, please contact us at 315-298-0007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Often, the first question people ask before visiting the theater is “Where do we park?” unlike many venues you may have visited, Parking near the Kallet is a snap! Accessible parking is located in the Kallet lot on the south side of the theater. There are several large public lots within a block of the theater (indicted in yellow) and ample street parking (indicated in green).
Kallet Theater and Conference Center
4842 N. Jefferson Street
Pulaski, NY 13142
3420 Maple Ave
Pulaski, NY 13142