McKean Theatre

31 Main Street,
Bradford, PA

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The originally 1100-seat (later reduced to 860) Grand Theatre opened in 1910 as a vaudeville house. In 1948, the Grand was renamed the McKean and continued to operate as a movie house until its closure in 1963. The theater was demolished in the late 90s and the site is now a parking lot for a bank.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 18, 2005 at 3:08 pm

Here is an old photo of the Grand Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2005 at 11:00 am

This is an interior view of the Grand/McKean Theater.

Patsy
Patsy on September 11, 2005 at 1:30 pm

I visited Bradford today and the McKean is now a bank parking lot with drive-through windows..such a shame as the interior was beautiful and it hasn’t been that long since it was demolished….late 90’s! Another theatre on South Street, the Shea’s is gone to make way for another PARKING LOT!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 11, 2005 at 1:36 pm

With the price of gas today, we might need those parking lots. (just kidding)

Patsy
Patsy on September 11, 2005 at 1:40 pm

lostmemory: You have a point, but it was so sad to stand before those parking lots and realize what HAD been there!

Patsy
Patsy on September 13, 2005 at 5:41 pm

More information about the former theatres of Bradford and other buildings can be found at www.bradfordlandmark.org

Patsy
Patsy on January 27, 2006 at 2:58 pm

Lost Memory: Can’t bring up the photo sites that you posted on Aug. 18 and Sept. 10.

Patsy
Patsy on January 27, 2006 at 3:01 pm

At the www.bradfordlandmark.org site I can’t seem to bring up any of the historical past time capsule buildings such as the Grand Theatre so have sent an email to the webmaster asking for help!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Here is the building in 1983.

Patsy
Patsy on September 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I was in Bradford today and visited the Bradford Theatre formerly known as the Dipson Bradford. The style is art deco style during my visit I saw actor, Denzel Washington who is in the area filming a movie!

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