Arcadia Theatre

50 Main Street,
Wellsboro, PA 16901

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Arcadia Theatre

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The Arcadia was built in 1921 and remodeled to fourt screens in 1997.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Another 2008 photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Here is the Arcadia at night.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Here is part of an article in the Wellsboro Gazette dated 3/26/97:

Hollywood stars â€" both past and present â€" came to Wellsboro for the gala reopening of the Arcadia Theatre on Friday night, March 21. As darkness settled on the town of 4,000, a good percentage of that number gathered on the boulevards and outside the Main Street theater to witness the festivities. Brothers John and Jim Dunham arrived at the ribbon, a combination of white ribbon and black film, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with state Rep. Matthew E. Baker and Wellsboro Mayor R. Robert DeCamp.

“People wonder why did this happen,” said DeCamp. “It happened because of people like John and Jim Dunham.” The pair had the courage of their convictions to forge ahead with plans to rehabilitate the 75-year-old theater, said DeCamp. They also had the faith that if they completed this project, the people of Tioga County would utilize the first-run movie house. Baker clipped the ribbon, and the star-studded procession began. Classic cars and limousines pulled up to the curb to discharge their tuxedo-clad and sequin-decorated occupants.

The former theater has undergone a transformation since it was closed last October for a conversion to a four-screen complex. The walls are now covered with a dark green faux marble wallpaper decorated with scrollwork border along the top. Floors are covered with a rich green and red patterned covering. The walls have returned to some of their former glory with the decorative scrollwork rectangle in off-white contrasting against a dark green background with highlights of ruby red and gold.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

Another night photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm

The Arcadia is listed in 1998 with four screens and 435 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

This is a recent photo of the Arcadia.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

Issues of Engineering News-Record from 1921 list two theater projects proposed for Wellsboro. One project was for an Arcadia Theatre company, but its description doesn’t fit the Arcadia as it appears in photos. The other project has no name attached, but its description is a better match for the Arcadia. I’ll post both items here:

“Wellsboro—Theatre—Arcadia Theatre Co., Wellsboro, and H. M. Haskell, archt, Hulett Bldg., Elmira, N. Y.. opens bids within month, building 2 story, 80 x 100 ft, concrete, brick and steel, on Main St About $75,000.”
The second item:
“Wellsboro—Theater—O. B. Roberts & Son, Bache Auditorium, receiving bids building 1 story, 50 x 187 ft. hollow tile and concrete, on Main St. About $150,000. H. Spann. 52 West Chippewa St.. Buffalo. N. Y., archt.”
I can’t find the dates of either issue of the journal, but the Roberts project was earlier in the Google Books scan, so it was probably the first announced. It’s possible that the Arcadia Theatre Company arranged to abandon their project and take over the Roberts project instead, as it might have been farther along. Perhaps the Arcadia project announcement was even a ploy to force Roberts into a deal to turn over operation of his new house to the other group.

In any case, the architect of the Arcadia Theatre was probably either H. M. Haskell of Elmira or H. Spann of Buffalo. Henry L. Spann was the architect of several theaters in Buffalo, but I’ve been unable to find anything about H. M. Haskell other than a couple of directory listings. Maybe somebody with access to records in Wellsboro can clear up the mystery.

Patsy on September 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Just learned of this theatre after greeting the Fireball Run folks and their cars enroute from Western NYS to Wellsboro PA. Too bad it was remodeled to 4 screens in 1997.

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