State Theatre

Franklin Street,
Clymer, PA 15728

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The State Theatre opened in 1923 and seated 450. It was a so-called “reverse theater”, in which patrons entered at the sides of the screen. Any further information on the State Theatre would be appreciated.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 11, 2006 at 3:39 pm

If Clymer, Pa and Aliquippa City, Pa are the same then the address is 540 Franklin Street. Google maps thinks that they are both the same.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 11, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Okay, forget the previous comment. Clymer, Pa and Aliquippa, Pa are two different places. There was a State theater at 540 Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa, Pa which is obviously not this theater. Philadelphia Architects and Buildings gave 540 Franklin “Street” instead of 540 Franklin Avenue for the State Theater in Aliquippa, Pa. I don’t think the State Theater in Aliquippa, Pa is listed here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 11, 2006 at 4:36 pm

This comes from a story in The Dispatch by Jeff Himler September 16, 2005. I’m only posting the part that pertains to this theater:

“There were two movie theaters in town, both on Franklin Street. The State Theater was run by the Bianco family, while the Liberty Theater was across the street from the current site of Luigi’s restaurant.

“It was set up backwards,” Geary (Mae Dixon Geary) recalled of the State. “You came in by the screen.” Betty Cupples worked there for some time as a ticket-taker. As a result, “I got in free to see the movies every night,” she noted".

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