Embassy Theatre

739-49 Penn Street,
Reading, PA 19601

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rivest266 on June 22, 2014 at 12:16 am

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

rivest266 on February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm

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

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Here are new links to vintage photos copied from a now long defunct trade journal. I’m told that the Reading Historical Society has a large collection of photos and other material about the Embassy.
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JimmiB on May 18, 2009 at 8:44 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 5:45 pm

Someone is selling programs from the Embassy on eBay:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm

John, my scrapbook was closed for repairs. You should be able to view the images now. Enjoy!

JohnMessick on February 15, 2008 at 1:17 am

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 24, 2008 at 4:12 am

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!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Here are some images copied from a 1931 trade journal. Most of the auditorium seats were on the ground floor, but there was also a small mezzanine section at the rear, below the projection booth:

SchineHistorian on January 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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!)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm

The Reading Historical Society claims to have many photos of the Embassy Theatre, but I haven’t been able to visit to examine them. Reading is difficult to reach from New York City unless one drives, which I don’t…The Embassy was a true atmospheric, with twinkling stars and floating clouds on the ceiling. The clouds were created with real steam, but had to be discontinued because they kept raining down on the audience.

SchineHistorian on January 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm

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 1:11 pm

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

muviebuf on February 27, 2005 at 5:47 am

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 26, 2005 at 10:00 pm

This was one of the most amazing atmospheric theatres ever built. The auditorium was futuristic, and reminded of “Buck Rogers.” I’m presently writing an article about it for Marquee, the quarterly journal of Theatre Historical Society of America, so I can’t divulge details of my research except, sadly, that the Embassy was heavily damaged in a fire in 1970 and demolished in 1972 to make way for a shopping mall that never got built.

teecee on February 26, 2005 at 9:07 pm

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