Campbell Theater

25 W. Broad Street,
Hazleton, PA 18201

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Former Campbell Theater

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The Campbell Theater held its grand opening on December 21, 1914 and was located at 25 West Broad Street in Hazleton. The theater building had a rather elegant tile facade done in green and ivory colors and an engraved slab with the name “Campbell Theater” above the main entrance. The owner, Hugh Campbell, maintained the new theater policy of wholesome, instructive and entertaining programs. The opening film presentation was Mary Pickford in “The Eagles Mate”. The theater had a small stage and for a time offered vaudeville acts along with film presentations.

In November 1917 the theater held a film that was shot entirely in the area showing schools, churches and even a greeting from the city mayor. Since the film was such a novelty for the era, there were sellout crowds during the days this film was shown. Admission was 10 cents for children and 20 cents for adults.

The theater closed and was converted to retail space in 1928 just three years after the much larger Capitol Theater opened one block away. The green and ivory tiles facade was visible until the late 1980s when the building owners covered the front with reflective glass panels. The building still stood into the mid-2000’s, but had been demolished by 2013.

Contributed by Bobs

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm

The current retail business is a day spa and salon:
http://tinyurl.com/cqwnrw

RJS
RJS on April 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

Attached is a photo link for the former Campbell theater. It is the glass covered building on the right. The city of Hazleton recently announced these two buildings were purchased by the city and the Campbell theater building will be torn down for yet another parking lot.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

For some reason Google Maps is sticking the pin icon for the Campbell Theatre in West Hazleton. It should be on Broad Street between Wyoming and Laurel Streets in downtown Hazleton. Currently, the building can still be see in Google’s street view, but its site is a vacant lot in the more recent satellite view, so we can mark this one demolished.

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