Hanover Theater

39 Frederick Street,
Hanover, PA 17331

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Front Facade, December 2008

Originally known as the State Theater, this theater opened September 21, 1928, with almost 950 seats and a Wurlitzer 2 manual 8 rank pipe organ. Philadelphia theater architect William H. Lee designed the theater. Other theaters Lee designed which are still open include the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg and the State Theatre in Easton, PA.

In the 1940’s the State Theater was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. By 1957 the State Theatre was operated by William Goldman Theaters Inc. In 1961, the ticket booth from the Park (aka Hanover Opera Theater) was installed, the original seats were replaced with new seats, the auditorium’s walls were covered with sound proofing fabric, and the theater was renamed Hanover Theater.

In December 1986, the theater closed and was sold to antique dealers. Purchased in October 2007 by a private group of individuals who are planning to restore and reopen the theater as a performing arts center.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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alisonbc on April 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm


ks ken mc for posting links to my photos!! above is a link to the whole set. my mom is from hanover..she remembers when this was the old state which is now at a different location nearby.

blaujunge on July 9, 2010 at 1:11 am

Here is a shot of the theater from July 2010. It does not look like much is going on in the way of renovations. There was a notice on the door that the building had been broken into and vandalized. Ugh!!
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HanoverTheater on August 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

On August 4, 2010 the company that is holding the theater pending restoration announced that they intend to sell the Hanover Theater. They did not anticipate starting the restoration for a number of years and they decided that it would be better for the revitalization of downtown Hanover to sell the theater to an organization or individual who was in a position to restore the theater as a public space. More info is available at the website,
The projectors and remaining sound equipment will NOT be sold to collectors, please don’t contact us about it.

jrobin on December 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

Arthur Brounet was the decorator on this theater. We hope his great grandson Bob Marshall will see this and comment or contact us. We are doing a lot of research on this theater.

jrobin on February 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hanover Theater spotlighted by Preservation PA http://www.eveningsun.com/ci_19755339?IADID=Search-www.eveningsun.com-www.eveningsun.com

HenryS on September 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

Friends of Hanover State Theatre: http://www.friendsofhst.org/ Keep up-to-date & see latest photos via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/friendsofhst

janetwerner on January 25, 2015 at 5:05 am

We just drove by this theater and it is For Sale

Patsy on October 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

This Place Matters!

Renae on November 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

Hello, Hanover Enthusiasts! I’ve been trying to get in contact with anyone who can give me information about this theatre! I’m writing a business plan about rejuvenating vintage theatres and was hoping to base this plan around the Hanover theatre and save it! If anyone has contact information for who I could talk to about, it would be wonderful! The email I have found seems to be out of order!

Thanks ahead of time! I’ll keep checking this forum.

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