Media Theatre for the Performing Arts

104 E. State Street,
Media, PA 19063

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Media Theatre, PA

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The Media Theatre opened August 27, 1927 with Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer”. Originally seating was provided for 1,100 and the movie theatre also hosted vaudeville shows in its stage.

The Media Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1990, but the theatre was restored and reopened in 1994 as a performing arts venue.

Contributed by George Quirk, Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 15, 2007 at 9:05 am

Happy birthday Patsy. Had I known that it was your birthday, I would have given you a theater or more likely, some popcorn. :)

Patsy on July 15, 2007 at 1:57 pm

LOL! Thanks and you are one of the reasons why I like CT so much!

kencmcintyre on August 31, 2007 at 8:28 pm

The Media was part of the Harry L. Dembow Circuit in the early sixties. General manager was Harry L. Dembow, not surprisingly. Besides the Media, other Dembow theaters in Pennsylvania at the time were the Congress in Marcus Hook and the State in Columbia.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 5, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Here is a more recent photo of the Media Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2008 at 8:17 am

A July 2008 photo can be seen here.

DavidZornig on November 29, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Maybe Mr. Rothacker the artist can make it out to the Ioka or Crest Theatres listed on Cinema Treasures.
One small and one big in need of some saving.

HowardBHaas on December 9, 2008 at 6:30 pm

excellent photo of exterior, showing “Oliver”
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close up Marquee
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

This is the Media Theater website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 16, 2009 at 8:47 am

Here is a recent marquee shot of the Media Theater.

HowardBHaas on September 29, 2009 at 7:28 am

In the early 1990’s, Walter M. Strine, Sr. saved the historic Media
Theatre, which was built for movies in 1927 in Philadelphia’s suburbs. The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday published his obituary and photos, as he passed away at age 100. View link

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