Family Theatre

230 Penn Avenue,
Scranton, PA 18503

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The Family Theatre was opened prior to 1941, and was still operating in 1950.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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spectrum
spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

New Townhouses now pccupy this site.

Franko3519
Franko3519 on February 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Family Theatre Was located on 200 block Penn ave down from the Captial

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 24, 2014 at 1:11 am

Scranton had multiple houses called the Family Theatre. The only references to the Family Theatre on Penn Avenue I’ve come across in the newspapers so far are from 1932 and 1933.

Much earlier, there was a house called the Family Theatre at 221 Lackawanna Avenue, in operation at least as far back as 1892, but it probably never showed movies. In 1905, a new Family Theatre opened at 330 Adams Avenue. In 1906 it was operating as a Sullivan & Considine vaudeville house. This one might have run movies.

By the mid-1920s, there was a movie house called the Family Theatre operating at 402 South Main Avenue. I’ve been unable to discover how long it lasted, or what became of it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 24, 2014 at 1:30 am

I don’t know why I forgot this, as I mentioned it on the Manhattan Theatre page a few hours ago, but the Family Theatre on S. Main Avenue was in operation by 1916. It was a Comerford house.

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