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The April 28 ,1968 ad posted above also shows the directory ad for Walter Reade Theatres. Amazing to think that none of those theatres are operating any longer. Granted that was a long time ago, but it is still depressing to think how much we have lost.
I saw “War and Peace” at the DeMille Theatre and still remember the Russian outfits that the usherettes wore. Showmanship was what is was all about in those days. Now its move'em in and move'em out and blare them with TV commercials and too many to count sound blasting movie trailers.
I am pretty sure Divans is another word for loge. Most roadshow theatres named the seating – orchestra, loge, and balcony. I see in the ad for 2001 at the Capitol they list orchester, divans, and balcony. The loge or divans were the front section of the balcony. Most balconys have a “cross aisle” so the section in front of the aisle closet to the screen was either the loge or divan section. If you notice, the price of that seat location is the highest. The section behind the idea was considered balcony and the cheapest seats. In some theatres the orchestra and loge/divan were priced the same. However, that was not always the case. “2001” at the Capitol was an experience I will always remember. I saw it a second time when it moved over to the Warner Cinerama (downstairs theatre). Although it was still an experience, it was not the same. Of course it is still better than the experience of movie going today. There was nothing like seeing “Presented in Cinerama or 70MM or Super Panavision 70 in the advertisement. Now they advertise wall to wall screens, which in a "shoe box” is not exactly a big deal!!!
The Regal Manor 16 opened on May 14, 1999. Total seating capacity of the complex is 2,800. The two largest theatres seat 416, one has 235 seats, Seven theatres have 155 seats and the remaining theatres have between 104 and 114 seats each. This complex has really seen better days. As seems typical with most of the national chains, I think the original carpeting is still in the “hallways” and theatres. There are two giant concessions stands on either side of the lobby, but it has been a long time since I have been there and both have been open. Most of the time movie poster standees are covering the front of the concession stand on the right side. When this shopping center was first built back in the mid 1960’s this area contained an “Arlan’s Discount Department Store.” When that went out of business a Mailmains Department Store – division of Bon Ton Stores – opened in the building. When Mailmans went out of business the building stood empty for a long time. Then a local investor opened an independent run 7 screen complex within part of the original now empty department store. That opened in Feb. of 1990. It was called the Manor Cinema 7. The owner sold the complex to Regal Theatres in 1995. The Manor 7 were closed on April 23, 1998 and the entire building which originally housed the department stores was demolished and the Regal Manor 16 Cinema was built. The Regal 16 was supposed to bee opened by Dec. 1998, but it did not get finished in time. They managed to get it ready for the newest “Star Wars” to be one of the opening attractions. The Manor 7 Complex had 1,400 seats. I have to say I will check the feature times at the Penn Cinema first even though we live closer to the Regal Manor 16 than the Penn. The Manor 16 has the 20 at 20 and at least 8-10 previews before the movie starts. The movie goers are usually rowdier. I saw one moviegoer complain about the behavior of some of the other audience members and management suggested they attend the movies when the “younger” ones do not go to the movies. So we generally go to the Regal if we do not have enough time to catch a feature at another theatre.
Howard – MY comment in June 2005 mentions that the first time I patronized this theatre was during the roadshow engagement of “Magnificent Men.” I was disappointed in the screen size as it was the smallest screen I had ever seen in a movie theatre especially for a “roadshow presentation.” The traverse rod curtains actually opened and passed in front of the exit doors on either side of the screen to disappear into the wall coverings. HOwever, as I said the screen, which was located between the two exit doors, had to be one of the tiniest movie theatre screens. I would be interested to know exactly what size it was. Granted the theatre was not that big either, but it was still a disappointment after viewing movies at the Boyd, Stanley, Goldman, Fox, Midtown, etc. I would venture to say that even some of the multiplex screen sizes today are bigger than this one was. – Dennis -Lancaster.
When I see pictures of this theatre, I realize and remember what movie going was really like. I feel sorry for the people who only know of the multiplexes. Of course, many people do not know how to behave in movie theatres any more either. I just remember sitting in the loge of the Rivoli as the overature would start and the lights would dim before one of those great “roadshow presentation” attractions.
I think this is one of the nicest multiplex shoebox complexes I have patronized. It was well kept and sparkling clean the few times I have been there to see a movie. Of course, it was not a Saturday or Sunday when we patronized it. I would not hesitate to see a movie here again.
The Queensgate 10 was owned by the same local investors that built the Manor Cinema of 7 screens at the Manor Shopping Center in Lancaster. It opened on Feb. 9, 1990. Both the Lancaster and York locations were sold to Regal Theatres in 1995. In April of 1998 the Manor Shopping Center complex was closed and demolished and the current Regal Manor 16 was built and opened about a year later. I think Regal continued to operate the Queensqate multiplex until construction of the new multiplex operated by Frank Theatres. I have to say, I have been to the Frank multiplex a few times and for a new “shoe box” multiplex, I think it is one of tne nicest.
I am pretty sure in its short life it was a UA Movies operation.
This theatre opened as a single screen if my memory serves me correctly. I think a 2nd screen was added and eventually both those theatres were twinned, but I am not certain. I think they started out as “Budco” theatres from the Philadelphia area. Budco was eventually purchased by AMC Theatres. I think this theatre opened in the 1960’s and lasted about 30 years or so. However, that is only an estimate. I know Budco built a theatre in Lancaster – the Wonderland – which started out as a single, a second theatre was added and then eventually both of the theatres were twinned. The York 4 was built adjacent to the Stony Brook Drive in which has been replaced by another just what is needed shopping center.
This theatre operated until at least 1966. I was a student at York College until May 1966 and the theatre was still in operation at that time. The last time I was in York the theatre was still standing and being used as a church. One of the movies I saw here was the Don Knotts film, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.” I still have a soft spot in my heart for that movie. I cannot remember any other movies I saw there, but since it was so handy to the campus, it was regularly visited as it was a first run theatre at the time.
I think making the movie going experience better than the home theatre experience is great. However, all the new technologies will be wasted if the audiences do not learn how behave any better. I am tired going to the movies and being subjected to cell phones going off, people looking at their cell phones, and people talking to each other explaining the movie or commenting on the movie as it progesses. They talk in a “stage whisper” that they think no one else hears. I have stared at people and even finally told a few to keep their comments to themselves. And they look at you as if you are doing something wrong. There is no one around to complain to, and when you finally walk from “Theatre 18” to the lobby you have missed a good part of the movie and that’s only if you are able to find someone to complain to right away. Moviegoing isn’t what it used to be and it’s not all just in the presentation. People are not what they used to be either. For this reason the comfort and silence of my own home theatre is less frustrating and more enjoyable. So until audience behavior improves, that is where I will see most of the movies. In addition if you are not into crashes, explosions, or superheros, what movie choices do you have anymore? Give me the good old “smart comedies” of years ago or the dramas with an interesting story and more than an ounce of intelligence.
Marcel: William Goldman Theatres used that strange booking policy. If they did not have a first run movie to play, they would fill in with “x rated” movies, but never the XXX that were shown at the adult theatres that operated at that time. The HiWay Theatre was all one floor and my guess is it seated somewhere in the 600-700 range if my memory of the interior is correct. I know there were two aisles with sections of seats along the walls and a center section of seats. The proscenium, once again if my memory serves me, was framed in wood rather than the traditional plaster. I remember getting the feeling looking at it like a ranch house type feeling. If anyone esle has any more information it would be nice to add the theatre to this website, because I do not think it is currently listed. I think the only time I was in this theatre was to see “Sound of Music” which I had already seen a long time before this at the William Goldman Midtown Theatre in Center City Philadelphia. There it was shown in the Todd-Ao and stereo sound.
The HiWay Theatre was located on W. Market Street near the border with W. York. It was close to the fire house which was located across the street. The Hiway Theatre, at least while I was living in York in the 1960’s going to college was operated by the William Goldman Theatre chain from Philadelphia. The Hiway had a special reserved seat engagement of “The Sound of Music” in 1966, but it was shown in 35mm and not stereo sound. The theatre building itself is still standing, but the marquee and front of the theatre have been demolished. It looks like it has become part of the Pewterax company which is located next door to the left of the theatre.
“The Sound of Music” played a special reserved seat engagement at the William Goldman Hiway Theatre which was located on West Market Street near the York Fair grounds. The auditorium portion of the theatre is still standing, but the facade, entrance, and lobby areas had been demolished. I think it is now part of the pewterex complex.
The Wonderland Theatre opened as a single screen in 1969, operated by Budco Theatres – as previously written. IN 1971 A SECOND THEATRE WAS ADDED. THE FIRST THEATRE WAS PERPENDICULAR TO THE HIGHWAY AND THE 2ND THEATRE WAS ADDED PARALLEL TO THE HIGHWAY, FORMING A BACKWARD L. The Original theatre was twinned in 1977. It operated as a three screen until 1986 when the 2nd screen, which was added in 1971, was twinned. The theatre closed on Oct. 13, 1986 and reopened as a two theatres on Oct. 31, 1986, making it a total of four screens. The original theatre and the 2nd one added were the best theatres in Lancaster to see a movie. The walls were red fabric and the large screens were “covered” with yellow traverse curtains. The seats were rocking chair with plush seat backs. The theatres are still standing and even the sign on the highway as pictured above is still there. The theatres operated for 33 years and closed on Sept. 6, 2001 as Earl Realty did not renew the lease with then
operator AMC, which had purchased Budco Theatres.
Driving past I have often “wondered” what the wonderland theatres look like inside now. They were
certainly not the movie palaces, but a lot “classier” than the shoe box megaplexes we have now.
If this theatre was called the Eric Twin, would it not have been a Sameric Theatre???? Sameric Theatres were taken over by United Artists about the time this theatre closed if my memory serves me correctly at which time a number of Eric Theatres were closed.
Most movies suck, the theatres are illkept, and the audiences are idiots who think they are sitting in their living rooms. When they sat going out to the movies in their slippers and robes I will definitely stay home. My wife and I saw “Larry Crowne” Saturday night. Despite what most critics said, we both enjoyed the film immensely. It had a good story (go figure!), no car chases or smashing wrecks, and no explosions. However, all during the movie people were checking their cell phones (I thought maybe senators or representatives or even the president were in the audience.) There was an older couple behind us that kept making comments to each other. This after the 20 at 20 commercials – that you see on TV – and about 8 previews before the movie even started. Gone are the days when people actually “behave” in theatres and there was a theatre staff that made sure they did. The multiplex that we have to patronize opened in 1990’s and I think it is still the original carpeting and seating in the theatre. So much for the entertainment starts at the curb!!!! My home theatre is looking much better each time I go to a multiplex!!!
Now I think I have lost it. I could have sworn I read a comment on this theatre listing about “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” hving it’s premiere at this theatre. Darn if I can find it now!!!!
In December 1967 I made one of my weekend trips to NYC. I saw “Doctor Dolittle” the night before and went Saturday afternoon to see “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at the Victoria Theatre. I know it was the Victoria as it was the first and only time I patronized that theatre. Most of my trips to NYC I saw the roadshow attractions at the Criterion, Rivoli, DeMille, Warner, Loew’s State and Capitol. Those were the days. Can anyone else confirm that my memory is not playing tricks on me???
Thanks for your information. I never knew that was at one time a movie theatre. Since I was born in 1947 the York Little Theatre is all I remember that being when I got old enough to take notice to things and became interested in movie theatres.
I just made a comment on the Liberty Theatre listing. The Rosebank and Island Theatres were operating from 1967 to 1970 while I was living in Bermuda. They were indeed operated by Bermuda General Theatres and showed mostly Hollywood mainstream movies. Both theatres looked fairly new at that time and the Rosebank had a stage and balcony. I remember the massive lobby had a staircase going upstairs to the balcony. The Island Theatre located across from a square/park in Hamilton was much smaller and was one floor if I can remember correctly. The Rosebank was located a few blocks from I considered the center of Hamilton, but both were located a block or two from the waterfront.
Sorry, it was the Rosebank theatre and not the Rosewood. I just saw a comment on the Little Theatre listing.
Whatever happened to the Rosewood Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda. It was operating when I was there from 1967 to 1970. It was located a few blocks from the center of Hamilton. It was a large theatre with a balcony and stage. If my memory serves me correctly, it was a new theatre back then as the design and interior was more modern and up to date for the time. Just curious. There was also a 2nd theatre in Hamilton called the Island Theatre, once again if memory serves me correctly. It was a much smaller theatre located across the street from a park or square in Hamilton a few blocks from the waterfront. Can anyone help??!!
Can anyone tell me where this theatre was located at?? I know the Strand and Capitol were on N. George Street, the Southern Theatre was located off of S. George St., the Holiday Theatre was located on E. Market St., and the Hiway Theatre was located on W. Market Street. However, I never heard of the Elmwood Theatre in York. Any additional information would be sincerely appreciated.
Here it is 2011 and nothing has been done. The drive in could have remained open, at least that would have been better than the weeds.
The drive in was supposed to be replaced with a housing development and probably another blooming shopping center. During one of the Columbia Drive In operating periods it showed only adult films. I cannot remember whether it was over 18 or over 21. During that time the state built the Route 30 bypass behind the theatre. Cars used to park on the shoulder of the bypass to watch the movie. (Who needs sound for an adult film.) The state wanted the drive in owner to install a wall to block the view of the screen from the bypass.
The state also put up no parking signs along that portion of the
road. During the time of the adult presentations I believe the
same person owned the State Theatre in Columbia and that was used
for adult films as well. Just a little bit of trivia.