Roman Theatre

27 S. Main Street,
Pittston, PA 18640

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Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre was constructed at 27 South Main Street in Pittston and opened for the first time February 23, 1914, with 700 seats. By 1916 it was screening motion pictures when the feature film was Mary Pickford in “Poor Little Peppini”. This large two-story building faced S. Main Street with bi-toned tapestry brick and a small glass canopy covering the sidewalk entrance. For many years it featured a Roman Gladiator statue on the second floor exterior watching over patrons as they entered.

The ticket booth was centered at the entrance and there were four sets of double doors leading to the lobby. The ticket booth was nicely decorated in glass and mahogany and the front facing main street with completed in veined marble. Keeping with the theatre name, the auditorium was done in Roman era style and in November 1918 was expanded to just over 1,000 seats. The balcony hung over the last ten rows of seats on the main floor and was reached by using two separate staircases.

The theatre closed October 31, 1954, and was demolished in 1964 and replaced with a parking lot.

Contributed by Bobs

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RJS on August 9, 2005 at 3:01 am

Thanks for the picture TC. Found a similar one at a local library but it was in very poor condition. The one you found is much clearer.

dallasmovietheaters on May 25, 2016 at 7:03 am

The Roman Theatre opened for business as a movie theatre on February 23, 1914 with 700 seats. The theater closed for about a month in October of 1918 to expand to 1,000 seats re-launching on November 9, 1918

dallasmovietheaters on May 27, 2016 at 4:30 am

Final screening was October 31, 1954 when the Comerford Amusement Circuit decided not to renew its lease because the theatre couldn’t be upgraded to CinemaScope and other widescreen formats of the era. A good fifty year run.

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