7 S. Centre Street,
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The American Theater was located on Centre Street, between Mahantongo and Norwegian Streets in Pottsville and opened for the first time in 1917. It was located just over one block away from the much larger Capitol Theater. It was built at a cost of $125,000 and had seats for 1,025. It was a three-floor brick structure that had a popular dance hall on the third floor known as the Holly Roof. The Paul Whiteman Orchestra was a frequent favorite and drew large crowds.
It was remodeled and reopened on January 7, 1924 as the Hollywood Theater. The theater operated until October 1969 and its final film was “Spirits of the Dead” with Brigette Bardot. The theater building was purchased by a bank located next door and used for the banks expansion.
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