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Thank you, thank you 71dude for posting that wonderful picture! Such happy memories…!
I saw my first movie there when I was 5, “In Search of Noah’s Ark”! It was a grand theater, big with a balcony. The screen had the curtain that pulled back and a stage. I can remember the manager or somebody always coming out on the stage before the movie started to say a few words about the movie and then they would open the curtains. It was so exciting! Oh, I remember seeing “Peter Pan” there, too. This was the mid-1970’s.
Actually, this one lasted through the summer of 1987 (barely). The property is still there – in fact, the ticket booth still stands. The concession stand burned a few years back and the screen is long gone, though.
Yes, it closed in April 1987. I remember that quite well because I was working there at the time it closed. There were a lot of tears when they tore that place down (which they did rather quickly, as I recall)!
It really was a nice little theater. When you walked in the front doors, the box office was right there in front. After you paid, you went right around and the concession was right in the middle of the lobby against the back wall (right behind the box office). There were 4 screens, 2 on the left side of the lobby and 2 on the right. There was one hallway that ran the length of the building in the back where the bathrooms were.
Unfortunately, I have no idea how many seats there were, but I think each screen had the same number of seats (not like today’s theaters, where some screens have a large capacity and some are smaller).
There is a theater that is still open in Norwin, PA (may be Irwin) on Route 30 that is an almost exact replica of the Century III theater. I just love it.
Does anyone have a photo of this theater? I would really love to see one! Working there was the best job I have ever had!