Hanover Theater for sale
HANOVER,. PA — The Hanover Theater is for sale. Opened in 1928 as the State Theater, it operated until 1986 and was later used as an antiques warehouse. It was acquired in 2007 by a holding company created by a preservation group which had plans to restore the theater as a performing arts center. Realizing that delays in restoring the theater are having a negative impact on the revitalization of downtown Hanover, the holding company has decided that the best thing for the community is to sell the building to an organization or individual who is in a position to restore the theater as a public space.
The theater was decorated by Arthur Brounet and by all accounts is one of only three Brounet decorated theaters still in existence. The other two are the Byrd Theatre in Richmond, VA and the Loew’s Victoria Theatre in Harlem, NY. The theater was “modernized” in 1960 and the 961 original seats were removed and replaced with about 600 seats. Most of the plaster work was covered with red curtains, the original ticket booth was replaced with one brought from a nearby theater which had closed and the marquee was replaced. While the theater was being used as an antiques warehouse, a persistent roof leak damaged 60% of the ceiling in the second lobby and a few small leaks damaged the ceiling in the auditorium.
Further information on the Hanover Theater is available at http://www.HanoverTheater.info.