Brockway Theatre

456 Main Street,
Brockway, PA 15824

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Situated in northwestern Pennsylvania, the Brockway Theatre opened in 1941 and was originally owned and operated by Joseph B. Kosco, according to the 1942 Film Daily Year Book. With the innovative Ben Schlanger as architect, the Brockway’s "entire auditorium design and finish is inspired by the physical sciences of the behavior of light and sound emanating from the screen surface and sound system," said the annual’s editors. "Contrary to usual practices in auditoria design for film exhibition, surfaces are of a hard smooth finish, comparatively light in color. Proper control of the sound and screen light reflections are achieved by specially designed angularized and grooved surfaces. The seating is mostly on the main floor, but there is also a small mezzanine section." More information about the Brockway Theatre’s history and the current status of the site is needed.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 8, 2007 at 4:44 pm

The full adress was 456 Main Street. The theatre closed in the 1960s, according to the Brockway C of C, which says that the site is now occupied by a branch of the S&T Bank. I don’t know if it’s a conversion of the theatre or a newer building.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 11, 2007 at 2:53 pm

I’ve just heard again from the Brockway C of C, and, unfortunately, the Brockway Theatre was totally demolished to make way for the construction of the bank that now occupies the site.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 29, 2007 at 2:56 pm

This is a tinted postcard view of the theatre’s exterior, kindly supplied by the Brockway Chamber of Commerce. MGM’s “Little Women,” displayed on the marquee, was first released in the spring of 1949, so the photo was probably taken around that time:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 2, 2007 at 3:59 pm

MGM’s Technicolor trailer for the 1949 “Little Women” is a classic and can be viewed here by entering the film’s title in the search engine on the right side of the screen:

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