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The main issues with this theatre are that there is no public or freight elevator to get to the theatre/stage level so it’s not ADA Accessible and you can’t get equipment up there except for taking it up skinny stairs. it’s also a tough size since it’s too large/expensive of a building for most community theatres, too small/inaccessible for most touring acts. It could actually do well as a one screen cinema, but you can’t sustain the building just on that and it’s very tough to rent out the retail space because of its location and the fact that there is way to much other retail space in the city that’s better. I hope the new owner can figure it out though.
This is a ridiculous thread, common posting courtesy everywhere is to not use caps, and stop harassing each other. I hope Mrs. Robinson continues to have good health and I hope the theatre sells and gets to become useful again.
second that, though your post is interesting, I have no idea where it came from.
What about the building on Allegheny, just down from the corner bank building (now county offices annex). It was a furniture store, it might be part of that art gallery now, but I remember when I was younger it had a slope to the floor. Any info on that?
Actually it’s finally been closed. They sold the property two years ago and leased it for the 2007 season, but in early 2008 they decided not to open for the season. It’s still there though for now. If anyone has a large tract of land and a big sheet, I’ll open a new one, but in the meantime RIP temple (destroyed by Wal-mart of course) and starlite (closed by the prospect of a Wal-mart relocationg of a half-mile like Lowe’s, or something else dumb that we don’t need).
Wow, the last self-serve, what a piece of history will be lost. Actually, if you go to the State and sneek by the employee you can serve yourself popcorn, but they don’t like that much. And you can pick out with your own two hands any bottle of coke product from the coolers. Not only that, but on the nights they have coffee and tea you can pour and make that yourself too. Self-serve is no reason to keep the 6 around, especially once Fraser center takes the students off the M route and back downtown.
well it’s not the last movie theatre downtown, the fact that the State has lasted since the 30s is pretty impressive. It is the last remaining movie theatre downtown, though I’ll conceed that the 5 was the last to show movie’s like superbad and talladega nights, thankfully they’ve been relegated to the suburbs. And don’t worry we will soon have a brand new goverment subsidized state-of-the-art multiplex on Fraser. What the free-market couldn’t do, the borough will perfect. i’m still surprised the 6 is still around, and I keep getting ads for management positions at Carmike Cinemas, they must be making one last stab at it.
Once again in defense of the marquee, the current showings are on the sides because the front faces another building across the street and people on the street aren’t going to have much time while walking by to turn their head and see it. The facade is on a one-way street so people coming up the street see the side of the marquee on the left of the photo and the building is on a corner so people stopped at the intersection to the right of where the photo was taken see the marquee on the right side (a straight on view from that angle) This also allows pedestrians walking on the sidewalk on the side the theatre is on to see the showings, as they wouldn’t be able to otherwise because the marquee is over their heads. I don’t know much about the Garden, but the county recently renovated their offices again so it probably doesn’t look much like a theatre (it is a nice building though). I don’t know anything about the Martin, so please let us know where it might have been located. And in response to the Roxy seats, when the theatre got new ones in the late 80s-early 90s, most went to the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall. They were horrible for larger Americans as the cupholders made it tight. They also looked like cinema seats and didn’t match, so in 2006 they were removed and replaced by theatre seating from a renovation New York. A friend of mine has 3 and we took the rest to the landfill in McElhatten as many people felt we should keep them for sentimental reasons- too collect dust? Finally, there was an old opera house on Main St. (it was called the “opera house”, doubt there was actaullay opera) that burned in 2005? and is now a parking lot. Any info on that?
The Cathaum’s building is still there (only one building down from the newly renovated State – which you should check out if in town, live shows and independant/foreign/b movies) now housing a clothing store, drug store, Players(although players has changed its name as that term has gone a bit out of style) and I think the university still uses part as an annex. Not sure what happened to the nittany, though if it was before Calder it may be a number of different things, there’s a clothing store and bank it could be, if it’s closer to Beaver then it has probably been replaced as the larger buildings are all newer.