Shea's Theatre

12 South Avenue,
Bradford, PA 16701

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Cinerama on November 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Added some postcards

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Here is a photo of the theater, circa early twentieth century, along with a 1903 poster advertising the theater’s opening:

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 11:36 pm

Here is an August 1950 ad from the Bradford Era:

Patsy on September 11, 2005 at 9:36 pm

“The Shea’s was later acquired by the Dipson Theatres chain, which operated it into the late 50s when it was sold to the Bradford Parking Authority and razed in 1961 to make way for a parking lot.” And today I saw with my own eyes while in Bradford PA this very unattractive parking lot! The interior photo posted by ‘lostmemory’ shows the beauty of this theatre that is now lost forever! Such a shame!

Patsy on September 6, 2005 at 12:43 pm

As the article states “Early theatres in Bradford, as elsewhere, were called "opera houses”. A local town near me had an opera house that was called the Swetland Opera House, but over the years has been made into apartments. I’d love to get inside and look around as I’ve been told that some of the apts. have unique walls and ceilings, but not sure that will happen any time soon!

Patsy on September 6, 2005 at 12:40 pm

lostmemory: Once again you have come through for me with pictures AND history of the former Shea’s in Bradford PA. I just hung my head when I viewed the interior of this theatre that is only a memory now! Shame on you Bradford PA!

Patsy on September 6, 2005 at 12:25 am

Does anyone have a photo(s)?

roberttoplin on April 3, 2005 at 2:45 am

The original 1903 Theatre was designed by Leon H. Lempert,Senior.