Pine Grove Theatre

213 South Tulpehocken Street,
Pine Grove, PA 17962

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The Hippodrome Theater was constructed in 1910 by Gregory Achenbach, father of Harvena Achenbach Richter, wife of noted author Conrad Richter, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Vaudeville and other live productions were held on the stage in addition to movies being shown.

In 1935 the theater was refurbished (probably to add sound) and the name was shortened to Hipp. It closed in the mid 1950’s. In October 1962, after a complete reconstruction (removal of the orchestra pit, balcony, and many exit doors) it reopened as the Pine Theaterwith “The Music Man”.

The theatre operated for seven days a week for a few years until going to weekends only. The upstairs was known as the Pine Terrace which hosted class reunions, wedding receptions, and banquests. Pine Terrace closed in the late 1970’s and the theater began to deteriorate. It closed in 1999.

The Millers bought the theater and completed refurbished it, removing some seats for handicapped access. Opening as Pine Grove Theatre in April 2001 with “Cast Away”, it began to host Pinegrove Historical Society programs, concerts, plays, and other live entertainment.

Contributed by Kenneth Lehman

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rennie
rennie on December 27, 2005 at 12:34 am

Great Movie Theater! I live near Pine Grove, go there often, current pictures, completely beautiful, antique movie projector on display, small but friendly, stage used for community functions there also.

brix11
brix11 on June 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I just caught Indiana Jones here (first run movies!) and was quite impressed. Of course, there was no direction to go but up from my last experience here in high school when the place was falling apart. The seats upstairs are a bit uncomfortable (I didn’t see the couches until we walked out), but $4 matinee ticket, great candy selection and the fact that they stocked Jones soda made up for it. Look forward to going again when I’m visiting family in town.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

No showtimes, closed or stopped showing movies

msachleben
msachleben on August 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I was in Pine Grove in mid-August 2014 and the Pine Grove Theatre was showing first-run films.

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