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Week of May 30th, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of May 30, 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!


Battle of the Bands (some familiar names who are still around):


2. Opening Soon: Squires East

Squires East is a new restaurant which will open at 430 Broadway after renovations are complete. It was the former Steenburgh Grocery Store. (It is now The Mercantile Kitchen & Bar)

3. “Now I have something for you to punctuate!”

The Community Theater is playing Charly (1968), starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom:

charly (1968) IMDB poster

Source: IMDB

4. Skidmore Goes Co-Ed

Skidmore’s faculty has approved a resolution to allow male students to enroll at the college in the Fall.

5. National Parks Pass

The Annual Golden Eagle Pass is $7.00 this year. The nationwide permit system was established in 1965.

6. Driving hammered will get you nailed

Governor Rockefeller signs a new bill giving police authority to administer breath tests to suspected drunken drivers:


7. Garden Club Plans Tour of Old Homes

“A charming house in West Charlton,” owned by a current Roohan Realty agent, is included in the Glenville Hills’ Garden Club tour lineup. David Schweizer and wife Carol originally purchased it in 1965.


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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