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muviebuf commented about West Shore Theatre on Feb 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

As of Wednesday February 14, 2018 the West Shore Theatre is now closed … most likely permanently. The theatre had been operating under bankruptcy protection for the past three years. The finance company which held the commercial paper on its digital projector finally obtained a court order for repossession and removal of the digital projector.

muviebuf commented about Pearl Theatre Stadium 8 on Feb 12, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Theatre closed for good on Jan 15, 2018. It was the last tenant in the now completely vacant former mall.

muviebuf commented about Seating Area and Screen on Sep 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

This looks to me as if the seating is all individual removable folding chairs. I believe that this may violate the fire-and-panic codes which require seats afixed to the floor for a public auditorium.

muviebuf commented about Strand Theatre on Aug 31, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Photo can be found on the Salamanca Historical Society Museum Facebook page:

muviebuf commented about Hamilton Drive-In on Aug 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Despite an opening advertisement for Canada’s biggest CinemaScope screen, the opening attractions of “Kiss Me Kate” and “Red Badge of Courage” were both flat features.

muviebuf commented about Glen Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Time to mark this one “Closed”.

The Glen Theatre in Glen Rock PA has not made the conversion to digital cinema. As such the Glen has only been open periodically during the past two years as it struggled to procure whatever 35MM prints of general exhibition titles were still available.

The Glen has not been open since early January 2017 when it managed to snag a 35MM print of “Sing”.

muviebuf commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm

The 1966 Christmas Holiday show at the Music Hall was Disney’s “Follow Me Boys”.

MGM’s “Follow The Boys” was from summer 1964 and starred Connie Francis.

muviebuf commented about Reynolds Drive-In on Feb 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Link to the Feb 17, 2017 auction:

muviebuf commented about Reisterstown Plaza Theatre on Feb 7, 2017 at 1:00 am

Listed as Job #1836 in the Eberson archives.

The Reistertown Road Plaza (Twin) was located at the front of the Plaza. In 1985 JF built the separate Reistertown Road Plaza 5 theatre at the rear of the same shopping center.

muviebuf commented about Movies at York Mall on Feb 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

The York Mall (which was noted for its four interior fountains) was the first indoor Mall in York PA and opened in October 1968.

The 820 seat single screen Trans Lux Theatre was located in the rear of the York Mall behind the Montgomery Wards store. Not sure exactly when the Trans Lux Theatre opened but it did screen “Where Eagles Dare” starting March 26, 1969.

As noted above the correct address for the York Mall was the 2800 block of East Market Street in Springettsbury Township.

muviebuf commented about Movies at York Mall on Feb 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

According to the John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Project Index the twinning of this York Trans Lux theatre/remodel is listed as Drew Eberson as Project 2002-C. This was done at roughly the same time as the twinning of both the Trans Lux in Harrisburg PA and Lebanon PA (both of which were also done by Drew Eberson).

muviebuf commented about Howard Twin on Feb 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

The Trans Lux in Lebanon was actually twinned by Trans Lux corporation around 1975 long before it was sold to Richard Fox.

According to the John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Project Index the twinning of this theatre/remodel is listed as Drew Eberson as Project 2002-A. This was done at roughly the same time as the twinning of both the Trans Lux in Harrisburg PA and York PA (both of which were also done by Drew Eberson).

muviebuf commented about Regent Theatre on Feb 1, 2017 at 12:42 pm

In 1965 the University did extensive renovations to allow the Regent to be used as a stage and performing arts venue in addition to film presentations. Slowly over time the use of the Regent for film subsided.

muviebuf commented about John D. Archbold Theatre on Feb 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Syracuse Stage is not the name of a theatre. It is/was the name of the resident theatre company founded in 1974 by Arthur Storch.

As set forth in my new listing (under Regent Theatre) the Regent was sold to Syracuse University in 1958 who used the Regent primarily as a repertory film house until the Regent’s demolition in 1980. In 1980 the spot where the Regent Theatre stood was replaced with the 1.3 Million Dollar John D. Archibold Theatre which was a completely new build.

Known today as the Regent Theatre Complex (sometimes referred to as the Syracuse Stage Complex) it comprises three separate theatres combined with a cabaret, class and lecture rooms, offices, dance studio space etc. The three theatres comprising the Regent Theatre Complex are: The John D. Archibold Theatre built in 1980 with 499 seats; the Arthur Storch theatre with 200 seats and the Black Box Theatre a flexable 65 seat space.

muviebuf commented about Everett Theatre on Jan 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

The George M Schwartz chain from Dover Delaware operated the Everett Theatre in Middletown Delaware from some time in at least the 1950’s until the mid 1970’s.

muviebuf commented about Smyrna Opera House on Jan 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

The opening description is wrong. The Opera House was built in 1869. It began screening movies in 1935. It was known variously as the Roxy and the Como.

As Richard Wolfe notes in his 2009 comment The Smyrna Opera House is separate and distinct from the 1948 movie theatre which was built on Commerce Street for the George M Schwartz chain from Dover Delaware. It was the 1948 Smyrna theatre that had the balcony and cry rooms. The link to the 1948 pictures (posted in 2007) by Ken Mcintyre are pictures of the Schwartz Symrna Theatre on Commerce Street and are not pictures Symrna Opera House. In fact you can see the balcony and glass enclosed cry rooms in one of Mcintyre’s pictures. That Mcintyre link should most likely be moved to the Smyrna Theatre on Commerce Street.

muviebuf commented about Smyrna Theatre on Jan 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

The Smyrna Theatre was built and operated by GM Schwartz Theatres of Dover Delaware.

I believe the Smyrna Theatre operated until the mid 1970’s.

muviebuf commented about Diamond State Drive-In on Jan 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm

The Diamond State Drive In did not switch to porn until at least the mid to late 1970’s.

From about the mid 1960’s until at least the mid 1970’s the Diamond State was leased to R/C Theatres (Roth/Cohen) from the Baltimore/Washington area. Under R/C banner the Diamond State played nothing but low rent ‘Drive-In’ oriented fare such as “Caged Women” “Macon County Line” “Last House On the Left” and other similar Corman New World Pictures/AIP motorcyle and exploitation fare.

muviebuf commented about Milford Theatre on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm

The last film screened at the Milford Theatre was
“Straw Dogs” with Dustin Hoffman in 1972.

muviebuf commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:31 pm

William Warren opened the first theatre in Milford Delaware called Warren’s Palace Theatre in Milford Delaware in 1918 on the west side of downtown Milford just north of the Mispillion River. A competitor opened Nixon’s Palace Theatre in Milford in 1922.

Not to be outdone William Warren opened the Plaza around 1923. The Plaza was the largest building in Milford. In the early 1940’s the Plaza became part of the Schine Circuit and was labelled by the Schine Circuit as “The New Plaza Theatre” although the townfolks always referred to it simply as The Plaza Theatre.

The Plaza burned on September 23, 1946. Capitalizing on the Plaza fire the Armory building was quickly converted into the Shore Theate. The Shore Theatre opened on October 28, 1946. The Schine circuit responded by commissioning the Ebersons to reconfigure what remained of the Plaza combined with a new build which was christened The Milford Theatre (which opened in June 1948).

muviebuf commented about Hershey Theatre on Jan 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Lots of pictures and history can be found here:

muviebuf commented about Silver Springs Drive-In on Jan 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Owned by Richard and Helen Jones who also had the Holly Theatre in Mount Holly Springs.

Dick loved his drive-in. When Dick Jones died he was buried with a drive-in speaker with him in the casket.

muviebuf commented about Tilghman Square 8 on Jan 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm

It is my understanding that AMC has agreed to sell the Tilghman 8 in order to satisfy the stipulation with the US justice department with regard to its acquisition of Carmike.

muviebuf commented about AMC Classic Hampden 8 on Jan 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm

The Hampden 8 theatres were the twin sister (meaning built at the same time in 1988 and with the same plans) as the AMC Tilghman 8 in Allentown PA. The Tilghman 8 was just recently remodled into a upscale bar/recline-o-plex. However in order to purchase Carmike the justice department has made AMC sell the Tilghman 8 in Allentown. So not only has AMC has gotten the Hampden 8 back but at the same time was forced to sell the now more upscale Tilghman 8.

muviebuf commented about Majestic Theatre on Jan 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm

The Majestic Theatre was opened in the early spring of 1911 following the great fire of 1910 which destroyed that whole area of Middletown. The Majestic was originally intended to be merely a stopgap until the more upscale Realty Theatre (later renamed the Elks) was built and opened by the same owners around the corner in October 1911.

In Middletown parlance the Elks and the Majestic became known as the “Upper” (the Elks which ran the more quality product) and the “Lower” (the Majestic which ran the B westerns, the Bowery Boys and other Monogram programers). The Majestic closed about 1955 as the owner did not make the conversion to CinemaScope.

Today the building houses an insurance office and Planned Parenthood.