State Theatre

63 N. Main Street,
Washington, PA 15301

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DavidZornig on August 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Circa 1956 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Not the best quality, but the building and marquee is visible on the left.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The September 27, 1932, issue of The Film Daily said that the projected opening date of the John Eberson-designed theater being built for Warner Bros. at Washington, Pennsylvania, was January 15.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I just noticed that, in my second comment of June 7, I wrote Chestnut Street when I meant to write Main Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

RSM3853’s list of movies shown at the State and Penn Theatres indicates that the State closed at the end of May, 1960, and the Penn opened in March, 1961. The operators must have decided to close the larger State Theatre and renovate and rename the smaller Washington Theatre to be their first-run house. With the decline in theater attendance that took place in the 1950s and 1960s, that would have made economic sense.

sgtjim on June 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Here is a link to an old postcard that shows both the State and Washington Theaters on Main St in Washington, Pa. I worked at both of these theaters in the mid 50’s as they were operated by the same management team of Bill Cardone and Gina who was a tall striking brunette. The Washington Theater was renamed the Penn before it closed in 1973. I hung the metal alphabet on both marquees. I would draw a scale and measure out how much space each letter would tale on the marquee. The letters hung from metal lines.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 8, 2013 at 12:56 am

Chuck, if the Penn was torn down and replaced by a parking lot in 1973 then it must have been the Washington that was renamed the Penn, not the State. The only parking lot on this block of Chestnut Street is the one where the Washington Theatre used to be, right across the street from the State. The State’s entrance building, at least, is still standing.

A paragraph about the Washington Theatre on this web page says that it did become the Penn Theatre, and this earlier comment by sgtjim says that he thought the Washington and the Penn were the same house, too.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Comments on this theater from before August 2, 2007, seem to have gone missing. I think that this 1949 photo must have been the one Chuck linked to.

RSM3853 on June 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Movies at the State/Penn Theater in Washington, PA. WednesdayWASHINGTON COUNTY DateState (Washington) 11/27/57April Love 12/04/57Bombers B-52/The Black Patch – Time Limit/The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown 12/11/57Until They Sail/The Invisible Boy – Rodan/Hell in Korea 12/18/57Pursuit of the Graf Spee/House of Numbers – The Tin Star/Short Cut to Hell 12/25/57Les Girls State (Washington) 01/01/58Legend of the Lost 01/08/58Kiss Them for Me/Copper Sky – The Story of Esther Costello/Stopover Tokyo 01/15/58Don’t Go Near the Water 01/22/58Doctor at Large/That Night – The Tarnished Angels 01/29/58The Sad Sack 02/05/58And God Created Woman 02/12/58And God Created Woman – Slaughter on 10th Avenue/Escapade in Japan 02/19/58The Enemy Below/Hell on Devil’s Island – Man in the Shadow/Flood Tide 02/26/58The Lady Takes a Flyer/Damn Citizen – The Girl Most Likely 03/05/58A Farewell to Arms 03/12/58Raintree County 03/19/58Darby’s Rangers 03/26/58Jumping Jacks/Scared Stiff – Jet Attack/Suicide Battalion 04/02/58Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 04/09/58Run Silent, Run Deep 04/16/58The Bridge on the River Kwai 04/23/58The Bridge on the River Kwai 04/30/58Marjorie Morningstar 05/07/58Around the World in 80 Days 05/14/58Around the World in 80 Days – I Married a Woman/The Light Touch 05/21/58Attila – Wild is the Wind/High Hell 05/28/58Ten North Frederick 06/04/58Teacher’s Pet/Fort Massacre 06/11/58The Thing That Couldn’t Die/Horror of Dracula 06/18/58The Left-Handed Gun/Chase a Crooked Shadow – The Brothers Karamazov/All at Sea 06/25/58Thunder Road/The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold 07/02/58The Vikings 07/09/58Vertigo 07/16/58No Time for Sergeants 07/23/58No Time for Sergeants 07/30/58Kid Creole/Hellbound 08/06/58The Light in the Forest 08/13/58Rock-A-Bye Baby 08/20/58Indiscreet 08/27/58The Naked and the Dead 09/03/58The Naked and the Dead 09/10/58Kings Go Forth 09/17/58The Hunters/Flaming Frontier 09/24/58Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 10/01/58Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 10/08/58Peter Pan/The Golden Age of Comedy 10/15/58The Matchmaker/La Strada – From Hell to Texas/Manhunt in the Jungle 10/22/58The High Cost of Loving/The Relctant Debutante – Another Time, Another Place/Buchanan Rides Alone 10/29/58The Blob/I Married a Monster from Outer Space – Cowboy/Tank Force 11/05/58The Big Country 11/12/58Gigi 11/19/58A Streetcar Named Desire/The Safecracker – Wind Across the Everglades/The Seven Hills of Rome 11/26/58Mardi Gras 12/03/58Home Before Dark 12/10/58At War with the Army/Let’s Go, Navy 12/17/58The Buccaneer 12/24/58The Buccaneer 12/31/58The Geisha Boy State (Washington) 01/07/59Tunnel of Love 01/14/59The Defiant Ones/The Baby and the Battleship 01/21/59Auntie Mame 01/28/59Auntie Mame – The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 02/04/59The Inn of the Sixth Happiness – The Long Hot Summer/The Silken Affair 02/11/59The Perfect Furlough 02/18/59I Want to Live 02/25/59Bell, Book, and Candle 03/04/59These Thousand Hills – The Old Man and the Sea 03/11/59Separate Tables 03/18/59Stranger in My Arms/The Hard Man – Never Steal Anything Small/Tarzan’s Fight for Life 03/25/59Tonka 04/01/59Hong Kong Confidential/The Mugger – The Hanging Tree 04/08/59Imitation of Life/The Wildest 04/15/59Imitation of Life/The Wildest – Some Like it Hot 04/22/59Some Like it Hot – The Shaggy Dog 04/29/59The Shaggy Dog – The Mating Game 05/06/59The Mating Game – Beast of Paradise Isle/Creatures of the Jungle 05/13/59Beast of Paradise Isle/Creatures of the Jungle – Al Capone 05/20/59Submarine Seahawk/Paratroop Command 05/27/59April Love/Sing, Boy, Sing – The Wild and the Innocent/Floods of Fear 06/03/59Compulsion – Thunder in the Sun 06/10/59Thunder in the Sun – Me and the Colonel/King of the Wild Stallions – The Whole Truth/The Black Orchid 06/17/59It Happened to Jane 06/24/59Sleeping Beauty 07/01/59Sleeping Beauty – The Mysterians/Merry Andrew 07/08/59The Mysterians/Merry Andrew – Don’t Give Up the Ship 07/15/59Don’t Give Up the Ship – Last Train from Gun Hill 07/22/59The Horse Soldiers 07/29/59The Nun’s Story 08/05/59Anatomy of a Murder 08/12/59Anatomy of a Murder 08/19/59Holiday for Lovers/The Sad Horse – A Hole in the Head/Shake Hands With the Devil 08/26/59Darby O'Gill and the Little People 09/02/59Darby O'Gill and the Little People – John Paul Jones 09/09/59The Diary of Anne Frank – The Big Circus/Legion of the Doomed 09/16/59The Big Circus/Legion of the Doomed – Tamango/Orders to Kill 09/23/59The Bat/The Giant Behemoth – The Five Pennies/Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure 09/30/59Cast a Long Shadow/Ten Seconds to Hell – The Beat Greneration/The Big Operator 10/07/59Surrender Hell/Battle Flame – The Devil’s Disciple/Timbuktu 10/14/59Pillow Talk 10/21/59Pillow Talk 10/28/59The Wonderful Country – Cry Tough/Riot in Juvenile Prison 11/04/59Cry Tough/Riot in Juvenile Prison – Odds Against Tomorrow/To Catch a Thief 11/11/59Sign of the Gladiator/Man of the West – -30-/Senior Prom 11/18/59Career – First Man Into Space/World Without End 11/25/59The Gunfight at Dodge City/Invisible Invaders – The Scapegoat/The Decks Ran Red 12/02/59The Scapegoat/The Decks Ran Red – Beloved Infidel 12/09/59The House of Seven Hawks/Girls Town – We’re Not Angels/The Proud and the Profane 12/16/59Yellowstone Kelly/Pardners – Li'l Abner 12/23/59Li'l Abner 12/30/59Li'l Abner – Happy Anniversary State (Washington) 01/06/60Journey to the Center of the Earth 01/13/60Operation Petticoat 01/20/60Operation Petticoat 01/27/60Third Man on the Mountain 02/03/60The Rookie/The Little Savage 02/10/60The Big Fisherman 02/17/60The Big Fisherman 02/24/60On the Beach 03/02/60Once More, With Feeling 03/09/60A Dog of Flanders 03/16/60Toby Tyler 03/23/60Toby Tyler – The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond 03/30/60The Last Voyage/The Huanted Strangler – The Story on Page One/3 Murderesses 04/06/60The Glenn Miller Story – Son of Robin Hood/Master of the Congo Jungle 04/13/60The Snow Queen/Hell Bent for Leather – Sink the Bismarck/Seven Thieves 04/20/60Sink the Bismarck/Seven Thieves – The Purple Gang/Gunsmoke in Tucson 04/27/60Wake Me When It’s Over 05/04/60The Angry Red Planet 05/11/60Kidnapped/Dumbo 05/18/60Edge of Eternity/Killers of Kilimanjaro 05/25/60The Mountain Road 06/01/60CLOSED 06/08/60DARK 06/15/60DARK 06/22/60DARK 06/29/60DARK 07/06/60DARK 07/13/60DARK 07/20/60DARK 07/27/60DARK 08/03/60DARK 08/10/60DARK 08/17/60DARK 08/24/60DARK 08/31/60DARK 09/07/60DARK 09/14/60DARK 09/21/60DARK 09/28/60DARK 10/05/60DARK 10/12/60DARK 10/19/60DARK 10/26/60DARK 11/02/60DARK 11/09/60DARK 11/16/60DARK 11/23/60DARK 11/30/60DARK 12/07/60DARK 12/14/60DARK 12/21/60DARK 12/28/60DARK State (Washington) 01/04/61DARK 01/11/61DARK 01/18/61DARK 01/25/61DARK 02/01/61DARK 02/08/61DARK 02/15/61DARK 02/22/61DARK 03/01/61DARK 03/08/61DARK 03/15/61DARK 03/22/61REOPENED – NAME CHANGED TO PENN 03/29/61The Hoodlum Priest 04/05/61The Hoodlum Priest – The Great Imposter 04/12/61The Great Imposter – Where the Boys Are 04/19/61The Sins of Rachel Cade – Butterfield 8/The Rainmaker 04/26/61The Apartment/Elmer Gantry 05/03/61Never on Sunday 05/10/61Operation Eichmann/Herod the Great – Gold of the Seven Saints/The White Warrior 05/17/61Giant – Look in Any Window/The Plunderers 05/24/61The Young Savages 05/31/61Dondi/Serengeti Shall Not Die – Revolt of the Slaves/The Steel Claw 06/07/61Two Loves 06/14/61The Last Time I Saw Archie – The Bat/The Tingler/The House on Haunted Hill 06/21/61Homicidal 06/28/61By Love Possessed 07/05/61By Love Possessed – Atlantis, the Lost Continent 07/12/61Black Sunday/The Little Shop of Horrors – Fantastic World of Jules Verne/Bimbo the Great 07/19/61Dinosaurus/The Incredible Shrinking Man/This Island Earth – Gidget Goes Hawaiian/Gorgo 07/26/61The Naked Edge – Horror of Dracula/Revenge of Frankenstein/Blood of the Vampire 08/02/61Fanny 08/09/61Fanny – Carnival Story/The Prime Time 08/16/61Master of the World/The Hypnotic Eye – Konga/The Hand 08/23/61Parrish 08/30/61Snow White and the 3 Stooges/The Trapp Family 09/06/61Goodbye Again – Son of Sinbad/The Mighty Crusaders 09/13/61Claudelle Inglish – King of the Roaring 20s/David & Goliath 09/20/61The Young Doctor 09/27/61Exodus 10/04/61Exodus – Armored Command 10/11/61Two Women 10/18/61Paris Blues 10/25/61Splendor in the Grass 11/01/61Splendor in the Grass – The Explosive Generation/The Minotaur 11/08/61Town Without Pity 11/15/61The Mask/Portrait of a Mobster – A Thunder of Drums/7 Women from Hell 11/22/61Susan Slade 11/29/61X-15 – Teenage Millionaire/The Flight That Disappeared 12/06/61Breakfast at Tiffany’s 12/13/61Come September/The Last Sunset 12/20/61Mysterious Island 12/27/61Mysterious Island – The Devil at 4 O'Clock Penn (Washington) 01/03/62Pocketful of Miracles 01/10/62Pocketful of Miracles – Peppino’s Small Miracle/The Horse with the Flying Tail 01/17/62The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 01/24/62The Hustler/Can-Can – Twist Around the Clock/Everything’s Ducky 01/31/62The Second Time Around/The Lost World – The Happy Thieves/The Magnificent Seven 02/07/62One, Two Three 02/14/62Make Mine Mink – A Majority of One 02/21/62The Virgin Spring – Knights of the Round Table/Ivanhoe 02/28/62Sergeants 3 03/07/62? 03/14/62? 03/21/62? 03/28/62? 04/04/62? 04/11/62? 04/18/62? 04/25/62Rome Adventure 05/02/62Rome Adventure – Walk on the Wild Side 05/09/62The Children’s Hour 05/16/62Safe at Home/Don’t Knock the Twist – Jessica 05/23/62The Outsider/Thunder in Carolina – Follow That Dream 05/30/62Follow that Dream – The Big Country/Thunder Road 06/06/62Judgement at Nuremberg 06/13/62Judgement at Nuremberg – House of Women/Samar 06/20/62Lad: A Dog/The Adventures of the Road Runner – Geronimo/The Great War 06/27/62The Road to Hong Kong 07/04/62Jack the Giant Killer/Last of the Vikings 07/11/62Jack the Giant Killer/Last of the Vikings – Merrill’s Marauders 07/18/62Advise and Consent 07/25/62The Delicate Delinquent/The Sad Sack – Flight of the Balloon/The Magic Voyage of Sinbad 08/01/62Birdman of Alcatraz 08/08/62The Music Man 08/15/62The Music Man 08/22/62The 3 Stooges in Orbit/Mothra – Experiment in Terror/The Colossus of Rhodes 08/29/62The Spiral Road 09/05/62? 09/12/62? 09/19/62? 09/26/62? 10/03/62? 10/10/62? 10/17/62? 10/24/62? 10/31/62West Side Story 11/07/62West Side Story 11/14/62The Tower of London/The Vampire and the Ballerina – The Man in the White Suit/Heaven on Earth 11/21/62The Manchurian Candidate 11/28/62Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 12/05/62Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 12/12/62Son of Samson/East of Kilimanjaro – Sword of the Conqueror/Hero’s Island 12/19/62The Scarface Mob/Convicts 4 – Gypsy 12/26/62Gypsy Penn (Washington) 01/02/63Gypsy 01/09/63Reptilicus/Phantom Planet – I Was a Teenage Werewolf/I Was a Teenage Frankenstein 01/16/63A Child is Waiting 01/23/63Taras Bulba 01/30/63Taras Bulba 02/06/63Sodom and Gomorrah 02/13/63Sodom and Gomorrah – Hercules/Attila 02/20/63A Girl Named Tamiko 02/27/63Two for the Seesaw 03/06/63Billy Budd 03/13/63Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World/Half-Pint 03/20/63Love is a Ball 03/27/63Five Miles to Midnight – The Mongols/The Trojan Horse 04/03/63The Days of Wine and Roses 04/10/63The Days of Wine and Roses – The Raven/The Bat 04/17/63Critic’s Choice 04/24/63The Miracle Worker/Roman Holiday – Barabbas/The Notorious Landlady 05/01/63My Six Loves/Papa’s Delicate Condition – Show Boat/The Great Caruso 05/08/63Drums of Africa/Seven Seas to Calais – Voodoo Village/Girls of the Night 05/15/63I Could Go on Singing – Divorce, Italian Style 05/22/63Nine Hours to Rama/The Yellow Canary – Bernadette of Lourdes 05/29/63Dr. No 06/05/63The Stripper 06/12/63Island of Love/Black Gold – In the Cool of the Day/Follow the Boys 06/19/63Savage Sam 06/26/63The Huns/The Centurion – Diary of a Madman/Amazons of Rome 07/03/6355 Days at Peking 07/10/6355 Days at Peking – Day of the Triffids/Frankenstein 1970/Caltiki, the Immortal Monster 07/17/63Call Me Bwana 07/24/63Spencer’s Mountain 07/31/63The Great Escape 08/07/63The Great Escape – A Gathering of Eagles/The List of Adrian Messenger 08/14/63PT 109 08/21/63Captain Sindbad/Tammy and the Doctor – The Playgirls and the Vampire/The Concrete Jungle 08/28/63Irma La Douce 09/04/63Irma La Douce 09/11/63Irma La Douce 09/18/63The Caretakers 09/25/63Toys in the Attic 10/02/63Twice Told Tales/Beauty and the Beast – David & Lisa 10/09/63Stolen Hours 10/16/63Johnny Cool/The Black Zoo – The Mouse on the Moon 10/23/63Women of the World 10/30/63Hidden Room of 1000 Horrors (The Tell-Tale Heart)/Return of the Fly – Rampage/The Castilian 11/06/63Mondo Cane 11/13/63Mary, Mary 11/20/63Lilies of the Field 11/27/63McLintock 12/04/63McLintock 12/11/63Splendor in the Grass/A Summer Place – The Haunted Palace/Horror Hotel 12/18/63Shock Corridor/War is Hell 12/25/63Palm Springs Weekend Penn (Washington) 01/01/64Four for Texas 01/08/64Blood Feast/The Dead One 01/15/64Murder at the Gallop/Murder, She Said – Shock Corridor/Cry of Battle 01/22/64Under the Yum Yum Tree 01/29/64Under the Yum Yum Tree – Who’s Minding the Store? 02/05/64Kings of the Sun 02/12/64Dead Ringer 02/19/64The Victors 02/26/64The Cardinal 03/04/64The Prize 03/11/64A Global Affair/The Wheeler Dealers – America, America 03/18/64The Incredible Mr. Limpet 03/25/64The Brass Bottle 04/01/64Captain Newman, M.D. 04/08/64Tom Jones 04/15/64Tom Jones 04/22/64Lilies of the Field/Hud 04/29/64Advance to the Rear 05/06/64The Comedy of Terrors/Circus of Horrors – Act One 05/13/64Operation Petticoat/Pillow Talk – PT 109/Spencer’s Mountain 05/20/64The Thin Red Line – West Side Story/Bye Bye Birdie 05/27/64The Bridge on the River Kwai 06/03/64The Longest Day 06/10/64From Russia, With Love 06/17/64Viva Las Vegas 06/24/64Cleopatra 07/01/64Cleopatra 07/08/64The Pink Panther 07/15/64It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 07/22/64It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 07/29/64A Shot in the Dark 08/05/64Good Neighbor Sam 08/12/64The World of Henry Orient – What a Way to Go! 08/19/64What a Way to Go! – Ensign Pulver 08/26/64Island of the Blue Dolphins/Bullet for a Badman – Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear/The Quick Gun 09/02/64The Unsinkable Molly Brown – Splendor in the Grass/A Summer Place 09/09/64The Killers – The Carpetbaggers 09/16/64Devil Doll/Pyro 09/23/64Hamlet – I’d Rather Be Rich 09/30/64Quo Vadis 10/07/64Bikini Beach/Goliath and the Dragon 10/14/64Where Love Has Gone 10/21/64Invitation to a Gunfighter/The Best Man 10/28/64Kisses for My President – Black Sabbath/The Evil Eye 11/04/64Lili – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 11/11/64The Secret Invasion/Dr. No 11/18/64One Potato, Two Potato 11/25/64The Outrage 12/02/64The Washington Story – Fail-Safe 12/09/64Youngblood Hawke – The Time Travelers/Hercules and the Captive Women 12/16/64A Hard Day’s Night – Joy House 12/23/64The Americanization of Emily 12/30/64Father Goose Penn (Washington) 01/06/65Get Yourself a College Girl 01/13/65Goodbye, Charlie/Rio Conchos 01/20/65Sex and the Single Girl 01/27/65Two on a Guillotine 02/03/65Kiss Me, Stupid 02/10/65Dear Brigitte 02/17/65How to Murder Your Wife 02/24/65Sylvia 03/03/65The Rounders – Signpost to Murder/Hysteria 03/10/65None But the Brave – A Boy Ten Feet Tall 03/17/65Marriage, Italian Style 03/24/65Bus Riley’s Back in Town 03/31/65John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 04/07/65Code 7, Victim 5/These are the Damned – Pajama Party/Diary of a Bachelor 04/14/65The Truth About Spring 04/21/65The Satan Bug/Ferry Cross the Mersey – Major Dundee 04/28/65Dr. No/From Russia, With Love 05/05/65Circus World – Brainstorm/The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die 05/12/65Malamondo/The Creation of the Humanoids – Hercules vs. the Moon Men/The Black Torment 05/19/65Harlow (Electronovision) 05/26/65Girl Happy 06/02/65Girls on the Beach 06/09/65The Battle of the Villa Fiorita – Face of the Screaming Werewolf/Curse of the Stone Hand 06/16/65McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Force/The World of Abbott & Costello 06/23/65Von Ryan’s Express 06/30/65The Art of Love 07/07/65I’ll Take Sweden 07/14/65I Saw What You Did/The Sword of Ali Baba 07/21/65Operation Crossbow 07/28/65Cat Ballou 08/04/65What’s New Pussycat? 08/11/65The Sons of Katie Elder 08/18/65Zebra in the Kitchen/Hercules, Samson & Ulysses 08/25/65She/Gunfighters of Casa Grande – Lord Jim 09/01/65How to Stuff a Wild Bikini/Atragon – Living it Up/Pardners 09/08/65Beach Blanket Bingo/Go Go Mania 09/15/65The Sandpiper 09/22/65The Yellow Rolls-Royce 09/29/65Never on Sunday/Topkapi – Billie/The Train 10/06/65The Collector – Sleeping Beauty 10/13/65Ship of Fools 10/20/65The Face of Fu Manchu 10/27/65La Boheme – Zorba the Greek 11/03/65Bunny Lake is Missing 11/10/65Harum Scarum 11/17/65The Ipcress File 11/24/65The Cincinnati Kid 12/01/65The War Lord 12/08/65War Gods of the Deep/Taboos of the World – Gypsy/The Music Man – Snow White 12/15/65Beach Ball/Revenge of the Gladiators – Rumplestiltskin 12/22/65Thunderball 12/29/65Thunderball Penn (Washington) 01/05/66Thunderball 01/12/66Thunderball 01/19/66The Slender Thread 01/26/66Seven Women – Tom Jones/Irma La Douce 02/02/66The Loved One 02/09/66Judith 02/16/66Othello – Dr. Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine/Voyage to the End of the Universe 02/23/66The Great Race 03/02/66The Great Race 03/09/66Inside Daisy Clover 03/16/66The Silencers 03/23/66A Patch of Blue 03/30/66A Patch of Blue 04/06/66Madame X 04/13/66The Singing Nun 04/20/66The Trouble With Angels 04/27/66My Fair Lady 05/04/66My Fair Lady 05/11/66The Pink Panther/A Shot in the Dark 05/18/66Harper 05/25/66Frankie and Johnny/The Train 06/01/66Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 06/08/66Lost Command 06/15/66The Guns of Navarone/That Man from Istanbul – Marnie/The Birds 06/22/66Duel at Diablo/The Last of the Secret Agents – Young Dillinger/Blood and Black Lace 06/29/66Around the World Under the Sea 07/06/66The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming 07/13/66Maya/North by Northwest – The Pawnbroker 07/20/66Stagecoach 07/27/66Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 08/03/66Modesty Blaise/Goodbye, Charlie 08/10/66This Property is Condemned 08/17/66Batman 08/24/66What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? – Tarzan & the Valley of Gold/Frankenstein Conquers the World 08/31/66Battle of the Bulge 09/07/66The Agony and the Ecstasy 09/14/66Lady L/The 10th Victim 09/21/66The Greatest Story Ever Told 09/28/66Goldfinger/Dr. No 10/05/66One Spy Too Many/Paradise, Hawaiian Style 10/12/66Khartoum 10/19/66Seconds/Waco 10/26/66Gigi 11/02/66The Blue Max 11/09/66The Blue Max 11/16/66Fantastic Voyage 11/23/66The Fortune Cookie 11/30/66Not With My Wife, You Don’t 12/07/66Macbeth – Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round 12/14/66Return of the Seven/Ambush Bay 12/21/66After the Fox 12/28/66Murderers Row Penn (Washington) 01/04/67Murderers Row 01/11/67Alfie 01/18/67Alfie 01/25/67The Venetian Affair/Mister Buddwing – Queen of Blood/Blood Bath 02/01/67The Spy With a Cold Nose – Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs/Die, Monster, Die 02/08/67Endless Summer 02/15/67Doctor Zhivago 02/22/67Doctor Zhivago 03/01/67Doctor Zhivago 03/08/67Doctor Zhivago 03/15/67The Night of the Generals 03/22/67Hotel 03/29/67Blow-Up 04/05/67Blow-Up 04/12/67A Countess from Hong Kong – A Covenant with Death/The Corrupt Ones 04/19/67How to 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RSM3853 on March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

I have been looking at old issues of the Observer-Reporter on Google News Archives. The Penn Theater closed on April 24, 1973. The last film to play there was “Soylent Green” with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 8, 2011 at 6:33 am

The building that the State’s entrance was in, at least, was still standing when Google’s street view truck went by. At that time, 63 N. Main Street was occupied by a comic book store called The Gaming Dungeon, and that store is still listed on multiple web sites, and has a Facebook page active as recently as last April. It was also the location of a CCG event scheduled for September 24 this year.

From Google’s satellite view, the building looks a bit small to have held an auditorium seating over 1,300. There’s a big parking lot behind it that could have been the site of a big auditorium, but it was a parking lot as long ago as 1969, according to an aerial view at Historic Aerials, so if the theater was still operating in the 1970s, as sgtjim says above, then it must have been in the building that shows up in the Google street and satellite views.

The Washington Theatre, which was across Main Street from the State, has definitely been demolished, though. Maybe that’s the theater spectrum was thinking of.

spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Sadly, it has been demolished for (what else?) a parking lot.

sgtjim on February 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Here is the link to the 1960 photo of the State Theater lobby and staff in Washington, Pa.


sgtjim on February 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm

My apologies, You posted the link above for the 1949 photo of the State Theater.There is a Flicker link for the State theater which shows an interior shot of the lobby with the staff taken about 1960.

sgtjim on February 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I have studies an old photo of the PENN THEATER, which is identified as being the State Theater when it closed in 1973. The more I look at the marquee, it seems to me to be have been the marquee for the Washington Theater but I am not sure. My reason for thinking this is that the Penn photo seems to show a triangle shaped marquee while the State Theater had a rectangular marquee. Personally, I don’t remember a Penn Theater in Washington, Pa. I am only going on the photo stating that it was previously called the State Theater. Their is a photo of the State theater taken in 1949 online at as well as photos of the Basle Theater. Yes, It was spelled BASLE and not Basel as some have identified it, The 1955 photo online shows the spelling on the marquee.

sgtjim on February 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I retired 20 years ago. When I joined the force in 1963 there were a number of beautiful theaters in DC. However in those days my bride and child usually attended the drivein theaters in Waldorf, Indianhead highway, Branch Ave and Hyattsville.

sgtjim on February 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

I worked at the State Theatre in Washington, Pa from 1956-1958, There were 4 theatres in Washington, Pa during this period. The State was the largest and had a balcony. I remember installing the marquee letters for the Ten Commandments about 1956. Directly across the street was the Washington Theatre which was managed by the same team that managed the State. A male, I remember as Mr. Cardone and a lovely tall brunette by the name of Gina. I remember seeing Tex Ritter in person at the Washington in the early 50’s. The Washington usually ran 2nd rate movies while the State had 1st run movies and was known for their Saturday morning Cartoon Shows. The 3rd theatre in town was the Basle at the corner of Main & Chestnut which became the Midtown in the 80’s. The theatre was named for Bill Basle who owned the theatre and hired my mother Gladys Aurouze as a cashier in the early 50’s. The 4th theatre was the Court on
Chestnut St which was the mainstay for the Saturday westerns double feature. The State was renamed the Penn in the mid 70’s. I graduated in 1958, joined the Air Force and in 1963 started a career with the D.C. Police Dept.

aprivee on November 20, 2008 at 11:43 am

There is unfortunately no website where the photographs can be viewed. I am the project archivist at the Wolfsonian working on the John and Drew Eberson archives and am currently working on cataloging these images. There seem to be two different theaters built by Eberson at different times under the name State Theater in Washington, PA. If anyone knows the history of these buildings I would appreciate the information. I will upload an image when I get the time.

JohnMessick on August 2, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Is there a website that we might be able to see those 24 photos?