Alton Theater

618 Alter Street,
Hazleton, PA 18201

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thanks David for the brief History.

DavidD on January 21, 2006 at 3:59 pm

The Alton Theater had a twin (which still exists though renovated).The Alton and the Hersker (in West Hazleton,PA) were virtually identical.They were built owned by the Hersker brothers.The theater in West Hazleton was known as the Hersker,later the Key and,now,the Cinema and Draft House.It is a dinner theater (dinner and movies that is) and is a beautiful theater.The Alton,as mentioned earlier,had long since stopped being used as a theater when it burned in a fire that destroyed an entire city block.I covered that fire for a local television station (and got a mild case of frost bite while filming the blaze!) My father was a projectionist in Hazleton (at the Grand,Capitol,and Church Hill Mall Cinema over the years) I am surprised at the number of Pennsylvania Theaters that are NOT listed here.I’ll try to update the list,at least by town,since I don’t know many of the theater names “from the old days!)