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Week of July 24th, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of July 24, 1969

50th Anniversary News | Saratoga Springs, NY

series by Mary Flanagan, Associate Real Estate Broker & lifelong Saratogian

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building served as the city's movie theater for forty years from 1938 to 1978. 519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building was actually a movie theater for forty years (1938-1978).

2019 marks Roohan Realty’s 50th year in business! We would like to take you back to 1969 and share what was happening in the news – locally and nationally. We’ve been having a great time reading old newspapers and hope you enjoy seeing the historic Roohan Realty connections as much as we do. Community involvement and public service have been ingrained in our business from the very beginning – a commitment that continues today. Check back every Thursday for a fresh flashback to 1969!

1. “Ai chihuahua!”

Last week the Community Theater was showing Mackenna’s Gold (1969), starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif:

2. New City Historian

Mrs. Sweeney is named City Historian            



3. The Saratoga County Fair

The 128th annual Saratoga County Fair opens, featuring a demolition derby, tractor pull, livestock, a farm machinery parade, antique car contest and more!  




4. Spa Volkswagen Stands By the Stubby Buggy

Spa Volkswagen advertises the new VW Bug for $1,799



5. Woodlawn Parking Update

Woodlawn Avenue parking lot begins                       

6. Increased Off Street Parking

The new city parking lot on Woodlawn Avenue is under construction and projected to be completed by October 15:


7. 100th Running of the Travers

Track opens for the 24-day season and the 100th Running of the Travers.


8. “In the real world you need a little gonif in ya.”

The Community Theater is showing Goodbye, Columbus (1969), starring Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw and Jack Klugman:




mary beth flanaganMary Flanagan is an Associate Real Estate Broker at Roohan Realty with over 30 years of experience as a licensed REALTOR® specializing in residential real estate. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mary is extremely knowledgeable about not only Saratoga’s real estate market, but also its history and the community as a whole. She is an active board member for Racing City Rotary Club and U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, and served on the Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals from 1994 to 2004. In her free time, Mary enjoys researching and writing about Saratoga’s history; she authored Roohan Realty’s Saratoga Centennial blog series in 2015 and is currently working on an Anniversary News series to commemorate our company’s 50th year in business this year (2019). View Mary’s bio & current listings

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