In 1937 Myron Kallet built the "Ultra Modern" Kallet Theater on Main Street and it became Central New York's "showcase" for screen entertainment. The Theater was fully decorated in the Art Deco Modern style popular during the 1930's and 40's.
The Kallet closed in the mid to late 1960's, and the building was left vacant for several years. In the 1970's a 7,000-sq foot raised hardwood floor was installed at the stage level in the theater, and the revamped building was opened as a roller skating rink. By 1981 the doors were once again closed and the building left vacant.
As part of a renewal effort for the downtown section of the city, the building and adjacent parking lot had already been purchased by the City of Oneida. The building was in disrepair and had been vacant for several years. Its location and history, however, were ideal for this purpose. The building, located in the center of the downtown section of the City of Oneida, held fond memories and a lot of history for many area people who frequented the Kallet when it was a movie theater.
In 2022, William Di Paolo Inc. dba Entertainment Services took over the day to day operations of the Oneida Kallet Civic Center working together with the City of Oneida. The Oneida Kallet Civic Center continues to hold events to enhance the quality of life for citizens in Oneida and beyond. This newly created partnership will allow the Kallet to continue as it has for the last century to be the civic anchor in Downtown Oneida.
Offering plenty of free parking, The Oneida Kallet Civic Center is an excellent facility to rent for business meetings and expos, concerts, wedding receptions, reunions, dances, and craft shows. Recently,