Hanover Theater

39 Frederick Street,
Hanover, PA 17331

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Front Facade, December 2008

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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. 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm

The photo that I previously asked about the date of the photo appears to be the same as this photo which is from Aug 3, 2007.

alisonbc
alisonbc on April 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

thanhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/outpastcondorave/sets/72157622984581545/

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
blaujunge on July 9, 2010 at 4:11 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
HanoverTheater on August 6, 2010 at 10:57 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,
http://www.HanoverTheater.info
The projectors and remaining sound equipment will NOT be sold to collectors, please don’t contact us about it.

jrobin
jrobin on December 5, 2011 at 11:19 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
jrobin on February 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

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

HenryS
HenryS on September 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm

The Hanover Theater building is for sale. Details can be found here.

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