Harris Theatre

652 McKean Avenue,
Donora, PA 15033

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Opened as the Grand Theatre. By 1941 it had been renamed Harris Theatre and was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 7:15 pm

The Grand should be listed as an aka.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm

No kidding. I already posted that a year ago. :P

sharkbamford
sharkbamford on December 7, 2007 at 7:34 am

I grew up in Donora in the 70’s. The Liberty was the only one left then – it was very run down. I saw Willie Wonka there. Then it closed, and reopened around 76. I remember a double-bill there also – was Tom Thumb, and a strange documentary tiltled Beyond and Back. We saw a very grainy/linty Jaws there about a year after it’s realease. Then it became an adult theatre.

Growing up in Donora at this point of time was unique. The townsfolk always spoke of this magical “days gone by” era, of economic vibrancy. The mills were gone, we watched all the car dealers, stores, JC Penney, etc slowly close up. Gosh, we had a McDonalds that opened, then closed it’s doors two years later! There were scores of neighborhood stores, 4 or 5 to a block – all gone now.

I have an old postcard from the Grand Theatre.

sbevusa
sbevusa on May 10, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Here is a link to a photo of how the theater looks these days:

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on February 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Lost Memory: Here is a 43 minute video from the Weather Channel about the Donora Death Fog.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 22, 2009 at 9:35 am

Thanks Dave. It’s kind of long so I’ll watch it when I get some free time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Here is another photo of the Harris Theater building.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on February 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I have a couple of postcards from the Grand Theatre in Donora advertising the Vitagraph 1911 film VANITY FAIR. Although only a three-reeler, it was a huge production at a time when most films were only one reel.

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on July 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

(May 8, 1958, The Daily Independent, Monesen PA)
Donora Theatre To Close Sunday
The Harris Theatre in Donora will close its doors after the last performance Sunday night, Mrs. I. Russell Davis, manager, announced
today.
The Warner Brothers-owned theatre is being closed for the summer months because of present economic conditions, it was stated.
Mrs. Davis said it is hoped the theatre will open again in Sepember.

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