Premier Venue of Upstate New York

The Show's About To Start!

If you're considering a tour, you're in for a truly telling introduction!  The Kallet was recently rebuilt from the ground up with all the appeal of a classic theater but with no expense spared in adorning it with myriad modern touches.  But that's just the beginning...

A Theater, Yes!  But Also Much More!

But when you come inside from taking a stroll on the deck or down by the water's edge, the ambiance of our theater ballroom begs to be noticed...

Elegant lighting cascades every wall of the theater, with subtle accents adorning the architecture.  And then, everything changes!  Colors and patterns emerge that weren't there a moment ago, as our lighting designer adjusts the atmosphere to suit the mood as the evening evolves...

And that's just for cocktails and dinner... Just wait till your party starts!
You could assume much about what lay just inside... that there's a screen, a stage,  concessions and a bunch of old, narrow seats. But think again!

The balcony overlooks a ballroom and stage, having had its original stadium-style seating removed, converting the Kallet into a versatile event space, seating up to 200 comfortably!

It features a timeless, second-story lounge and spacious deck that spans the entire back side of the building and overlooks our historic landmark - the Salmon River!

Our History

In 1883, what would eventually become the Kallet Theater, got its start as the Betts Opera House.  After two fires, including the neighboring property of the Temple Theater in 1925, Regional architect Myron Kallet took possession and opened the Kallet Cinema which ran from 1939 till 1984, when it closed after nearly 45 years.

Many businesses occupied the space until 2011, when, with the support of the community, Vince and Vinny Lobdell invested in its restoration with the goal of turning the Kallet into one of the area's most unique performance and reception venues anywhere in Upstate New York.

We're All Family Here

Carl Naples

Planning & Event Manager
A pillar of the Central New York wedding industry for over 15 years, Carl came aboard in 2017 to direct the Kallet's future in upscale receptions!

Karen Hurd

Executive Director
Karen invests much personal time and energy into organizing events at the Kallet, keeping it both a prominent and relevant fixture within the community. 

Vinny Lobdell Jr.

President
Creating relationships with local businesses in sponsoring concerts and films, Vinny sees to establishing the Kallet as a strong performance venue.

Vincent Lobdell

CEO
With a strong desire to support the community and give back to his home town, Vince continues to invest much in the Kallet's restoration to glory.

Meet Our New Manager

Carl comes to us as a twenty-year veteran of the Syracuse wedding market. possessing a strong grasp on the needs and concerns of couples seeking Upstate New York as a wedding destination.

He began his career as a commercial artist, where he put his personal stamp on the advertising of over 100 area businesses. Meanwhile he moonlighted as a DJ at a chic, underground lounge, brushing with renown local musicians like the great Roosevelt Dean and "Just Joe" Altier. This gave way to his pursuit and interest in becoming a mobile disc jockey.

Studying under the entertainment icon of his day, Joe Trionfero, he acquired the poise needed for public speaking and was soon working as a master of ceremonies for weddings. Over the next decade, he grew troubled by the widespread carelessness and poor conduct he observed on the part of several wedding vendors.  He sought to bring change and refine the industry from within by encouraging the booking fewer clients with an emphasis on personal attention, good conduct and accountability, which he attained by switching his focus to coordination & event planning.

The reputation he garnered quickly drew other professionals to him who worked together on a platform that would educate both couples and fellow vendors on the need for a new standard.  He created Syracuse Weddings to do just that. With a no-nonsense approach to sales and the development of client relationships throughout the planning process, he attracted one bride in particular, who begged him up to Pulaski to put eyes on the Kallet!

After touring the theater, the owners recognized the potential for greatness the Kallet could have in the hands of someone wholeheartedly devoted to its success by elevating the quality of its events. After just two meetings, arrangements were made for Carl to bring all his talent and experience to bear on turning the Kallet Theater into a truly unique destination venue.

You can schedule a meeting with Carl one on one to discuss your ideas for an event or merely to shake hands! He loves meeting people and getting their take on the Kallet from before his coming aboard.  Even more, he'd love to show you the exciting changes that have come about with the Kallet under his direction! Why not make an appointment to come see for yourself?
See Carl host a personalized grand entrance at a recent wedding...
Browse reviews from Carl's former company, Syracuse Weddings...