Embassy Theatre

739-49 Penn Street,
Reading, PA 19601

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Boxoffice of February 16, 1970, reported that Fabian Management Corporation would not be renewing its lease on the Embassy Theatre in Reading, and that the house would be shuttered on March 31.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 28, 2018 at 9:06 pm

The Embassy was built on the site of a silent era house called the Empire Theatre, which appeared at 739 Penn Street on a list of Readings movie theaters that was published in the January 1, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World.

rivest266 on June 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm

April 4th, 1931 grand opening ad also in photo section.

rivest266 on February 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

April 4th, 1931 grand opening ad is at View link

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Here is a larger version of the circa 1931 photo posted on 2/26/05:

JimmiB on May 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

When I was an usher at the Astor, across the street, I often went to the Embassy (we could get in for free). It was a magnificent building. I remember the fire. That was a shame. The same company owned the Reading Drive-In Theatre in Temple, PA, the first drive-in in the Reading area, where I also worked as a ramp boy, the drive-in equivilant of an usher. That was like a promotion! I went from an usher at the Astor at 50 cents an hour to the drive-in for 75 cents.

kencmcintyre on February 15, 2008 at 9:45 am

Someone is selling programs from the Embassy on eBay:

JohnMessick on February 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Warren…how can I access your photos of the Embassy. The site tells me they are not there? Can you repost them or send them to my email address? Thanks Warren

SchineHistorian on January 23, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Wow! Totally not what i was expecting. From what i can see in these photos, it looks more like an Art Deco Gotham City Scape. Yes, very futuristic, but completely different from the deco detail in the Auburn Schine. Complimentary, but not the same treatment.

Warren please email me at – i have a question for you!

SchineHistorian on January 23, 2008 at 8:12 am

Thank you Warren, I will check that out.

(I have just figured out that the time stamp on these posts must be pacific time. I certainly wasn’t posting at 6:44 in the morning!)

SchineHistorian on January 23, 2008 at 6:44 am

Do any interior photos exist of this theater? From the brief description above, it sounds like it may have resembled the Auburn Schine Theater which also takes a futuristic bent. I would be very interested in seeing photos.

Patsy on September 22, 2005 at 5:11 am

“….demolished in 1972 to make way for a shopping mall that never got built.” So sad, Reading!

muviebuf on February 26, 2005 at 9:47 pm

The last operator of the Embassy Theatre (with his partner and former Reading mayor Paul Angstadt) was Cinema Treausres favorite Richard Wolfe who currently runs the Roxy in Northampton PA.

teecee on February 26, 2005 at 1:07 pm

Here is a small photo (DON’T try to expand without a subscription):
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