Family Theater

East Center Street,
Mahanoy City, PA 17948

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The Family Theater was located on East Center Street in Mahanoy City, it also went by the name Hersker’s Family Theater. It was a large four-story vaudeville house that was built directly off the railroad tracks (in rear of the building) enabling easy access to sets and other theatrical material traveling by rail. I believe it was built around 1888 but not sure when it was demolished. It had a large main floor and balcony.

Any additional information on this theater is welcome.

Contributed by Bobs

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 3, 2005 at 1:59 pm

This is a small photo of Hersker’s New Family Theater.

RJS
RJS on August 3, 2005 at 2:22 pm

Here is an early postcard image of the Family Theater.
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teecee
teecee on August 31, 2005 at 6:03 am

Bobs: You appear to be a NE PA resident. Can you update or visit the Pottsville Majestic? I can’t seem to find any recent news of the renovation. I don’t want to drive there until it is ready to open.
Thanks!

RJS
RJS on August 31, 2005 at 6:17 am

TC:
I may be in that area later this week. Will post any info I find. Lived in Pottsville when in college and don’t recall anything looking like a theater at that address, but the building may have been really changed.
If you ever drive into the area, be sure to check out the Strand in Hamburg, small but very cute place. Added it here a few weeks back.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm

In 1935 a New Family Theater is listed with 983 seats. In 1940 the Family Theater is no longer listed but there is a State Theater listed with 983 seats. Is that a coincidence or did the Family Theater later become the State Theater?

RichardCWolfe
RichardCWolfe on March 14, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Yes, the Family did become the State. The family was a 2nd floor house. When it was redone into the State, the building was gutted and the theatre put on the ground level. It was a beautiful theatre. I have all the original blueprints for the conversion into the State.

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