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I failed to mention the theatre was converted to Cinemiracle for a reserved seat engagement of the film “Windjammer”. The large screen was removed after the engagement. In Jan. 1981 the theatre operation was taken over by Angstadt and Wolfe. The theatre policy changed periodically from reduced admission reruns to occasional first runs. However, on May 2, 1982 the theatre was closed and put up for sale. It was eventually sold to the local Housing Development Authority and converted to apartments for the elderly. The facade and marqee still are there. But the theatre building itself now has windows for the apartments.
The King Theatre was at 419 E. King St. and opened in 1950. It had 1,350 seats when it opened. When Cinemascope was added about 100 seats were removed. The theatre was twinned in 1971 and each theatre had about 525 seats. It was called the King Twin theatre. The Comet Drive In was located West of Lancaster and was sold and demolished in 1979. The SkyVue Drive in was East of Lancaster and was sold and demolished in 1981. Leahad operated ten theatres in Camp Hill, Pa., Lebanon, PA., Steelton, PA., Mt. Joy,PA., Lititz,PA., and Elizabethtown, PA. In addition they operated the Strand Theatre in Lancaster which was a subrun theatre located on Manor St. This theatre opened in 1910 as a nickelodeon. Was used for boxing in the 1920’s. The theatre was closed in the early 1960’s and stood empty for a number of years. Was torn down in 1964 and the land has even since been a parking lot. The four theatres mentioned by someone else were all located in the 100 block of North Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster. The Capital (Hippodrome), Grand, and Hamilton Theatres were operated by Stanley Warner. The Boyd (Colonial) was operated by the early Shapiro Co. that became the Sameric Chain if I remember correctly. All four of these theatres were torn down in the late 1960’s in the name of “urban redevelopment.”