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muviebuf commented about Newmanstown Theater on Jan 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

Marked this one as closed again. I think it closed sometime in 2015.

muviebuf commented about Hershey Lodge Cinema on Jan 9, 2017 at 7:11 am

More details with photos on a Facebook ‘Flashback Friday’ column found at:

muviebuf commented about Tremont Theatre on Jan 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm

The Tremont Theatre lasted unitl the late 1980’s.

muviebuf commented about Pine Grove Drive-In on Jan 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Walter Finch and his partner Witmer also sometimes operated indoor theatres on a X rated basis as well. They operated the State Theatre in Lebanon in the late 1970’s through early 1980’s (incorrectly designated as FlinchWitmer on the write up of Cinema Treasures)

muviebuf commented about Pine Grove Drive-In on Jan 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

I believe the Pine Grove Drive In lasted until sometime in the early 1980’s. In its last dozen years or so it was operated by the Walter Finch and his partner as part of their small chain of X-rated Drive-ins (which included at various times the Temple Drive In in Williamstown, the Route 222 Drive In Fleetwood, the Strinestown Drive In north of York, and the Midway Drive In between Hummelstown and Middletown.)

muviebuf commented about Limestone Drive In on Jan 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

In the 1960’s and later the Limestone Drive In was operated by Nino Bordinaro of Olean.

The Limestone Drive In closed in 1987.

muviebuf commented about Shore Drive-In on Jan 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

The Shore Drive In was built and operated by the Friestak family which also built and operated the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland.

The Shore Drive In closed about 1987.

muviebuf commented about State Theatre on Jan 4, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Upon demolition the 35MM projectors from the State Theatre were donated to St. Bonaventure University where they were installed in the then new Reily Center and used for campus weekly free movie Sunday night showings for many years.

muviebuf commented about Andrews Theater on Jan 4, 2017 at 10:08 am

According to published reports it appears that the 1911 incarnation of the Andrews Theatre was destroyed in the July 1923 fire which swept through much of downtown Salamanca:

It would thus appear that the 1930 Rigamount design was a replacement for the Andrews Theatre that was destroyed in 1923.

muviebuf commented about Allegany Drive-In on Jan 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

In the 1960’s and ‘70s the Allegany Drive In was operated by Nino Bordinaro who at that time also operated the Palace and Olean Theatres in downtown Olean, the Limestone Drive-In in Limestone and in 1972 built the Portville Drive In on the east side of Olean. According to rumors the Portville Drive In was supposedly to be the replacement for the Allegany Drive In. However the Allegany Drive In continued in operation until 1995.

muviebuf commented about Castle Cinema on Jan 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

The Castle Cinema was intended to provide guests in the 180 room ballroom/resort with movies in the days before in-room entertainment.

The Castle Restaurant and Motel were demolished in the fall of 2005 to make way for a mixed used development that never occurred. The site is just west of the shopping center where the Walmart and Carmike cinemas are currently located. Castle Drive is the only remaining vestage of this once sprawling complex.

muviebuf commented about Universal Cinema on Dec 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

I guess those recent upgrades don’t come cheap. It is now $17.75 (not including any online purchase surcharges)for a general admission ticket in the evenings for a non 3D show.

muviebuf commented about Andrews Theater on Dec 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm

The Andrews Theatre sat on the southeast bank of the Allegheny River. A photo postcard with the Andrews Theatre in the lower right corner has been uploaded. I believe the Andrews closed in the mid 1950’s after the Schine’s opened the more modern Eberson designed Seneca Theatre a couple of blocks up the street. The Seneca was on the same side of the street.

The Andrews Theatre continued to sit vacant until it was demolished in the mid 1960’s as part of the widening of the Allegheny River basin in conjunction with the construction of the Kinzua Dam in Warren County Pennsylvania.

The Kinzua Dam project was supposed to alleviate the repeated flooding of the Allegheny River in Salamanca and other river communities. However just a few years later on June 25 1972 flooding from the Alleghney River caused by Hurricane Agnes took out the Seneca Theatre up the street.

muviebuf commented about Flagship Cinemas Palmyra on Dec 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Re-opened a couple of years ago under the Flagship Theatres banner. The complex was reconfigured from 12 screens down to an 8 screen recline-o-plex.

muviebuf commented about 222 Drive-In on Dec 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

The last operator of the Route 222 Drive In was Anstadt and Wolfe Theatres (Paul Angstadt and Richard C. Wolfe). Originally build by the Finch family on ground owned by that family.

muviebuf commented about Auditorium Theatre on Dec 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

The Photo above is for the community Easter Show in April 1944. That is why the fellow in the front row (who was a magician) is holding a rabbit.

Photo curtesy of Fleetwood historical society.

muviebuf commented about Majestic Theater on Dec 23, 2016 at 9:22 am

The pictures of the tickets shown above are for the Majestic Theatre in Mt Penn and not the Majectic Theatre on Oley Street in downtown Reading. I am fairly certain the Majestic in downtown Reading was long gone before prices got to the amount shown on that ticket.

The Majestic in Mt Penn is often referred to as being in Reading but Mt Penn is a separate suburb several miles to the East of Reading proper.

The Cinema Treasures listing for the Majestic in Mt Penn (also known as Mount Penn) is found here:

muviebuf commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Dec 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Under the proposed Justice Department Settlement Agreement AMC has been given the choice to divest the Rockaway 16 or the Digiplex Sparta 3.

The Settlement Agreement dated December 20, 2016 with all the divestiture options for the 15 locations (attached as Exhibit “A” thereto) is found at:

muviebuf commented about Cattaraugus County Center For the Performing Arts on Dec 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

The Seneca Theatre opened on Thursday August 27, 1942 with “Take A Letter Darling” starring Rosalind Russell and Fred McMurray. One of several opening articles with photo has been uploaded to the photo section.

muviebuf commented about Auditorium Theatre on Nov 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

October 1939 Fleetwood Auditorium Schedule currently for sale on Ebay:

muviebuf commented about Auditorium Theatre on Nov 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm

At the time the Auditorium Theatre was built in 1928, Fleetwood Pennsylvania was the world renown home of the Fleetwood Metal Body Works which made automobile bodies for Cadillac – which is where the Cadillac Fleetwood designation comes from.

muviebuf commented about Auditorium Theatre on Nov 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

The Auditorium Theatre in the fire company builing was used for movies. The last theatre operator was Paul Angstadt – who still operates the Strand Theatre in Kutztown PA as of today.

Paul Anststadt’s operation of the Fleetwood Theatre was his first theatre venture. Paul later became the manager of the Fox Theatre in Reading PA and later still the mayor of the City of Reading PA. In between Paul was partners with Richard Wolfe (of Roxy Theatre Northampton fame) in Angstadt and Wolfe Theatres.

muviebuf commented about Riverview, FL - Xscape Theater opens in Riverview on Nov 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Let’s see if I got this straight. Two separate premium 14 screen complexes located within three miles of one another both opening about the same time.

muviebuf commented about Ephrata, PA - The Main needs help on Nov 19, 2016 at 2:18 pm

I am sure that having 15 screens including a 420 seat IMAX just nine miles up the road in Lititz PA does not help.

muviebuf commented about Cine Teatro Grand Splendid on Sep 30, 2016 at 9:21 am

Another article – this time from

(Wish I knew how to hotlink on this site)