Jefferson Theater

230 N. Findley Street,
Punxsutawney, PA 15767

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The Jefferson Theater was opened November 1905. A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 730 style “D” was installed in the Jefferson Theater on November 10, 1923.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Patsy on November 11, 2007 at 9:33 pm

Lost Memory: I wonder what happened to the Wurlitzer organ that is listed as being in or having been in this theatre? This PA town is near my husband’s hometown of Brookville. Maybe sometime I’ll get to “Punxy” and look around the 230 North Findley Street address.

Patsy on November 11, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Lost Memory: And don’t you just love it when after the word owner is says PRIVATE! That is when I really get curious as to the owner’s intentions and if those intentions have any theatre focus.

Patsy on November 11, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Lost Memory: Now that’s a thought, but I have friends in that area who will check out Phil for me while I watch the TV coverage each year anyway. LOL I have gone to the town and seen where Phil appears each year. Many of these small PA towns that had theatres don’t have them anymore and it is such a shame…Dubois, Brookville, Punxy, Titusville and the list goes on!

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2009 at 11:26 pm

This is from the Indiana (PA) Gazette in November 1979:

PUNXSUTAWNEY – The Jefferson Theater will go under the auctioneer’s gavel in a public auction to be held here at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The public auction will be held on the premises of the Jefferson Theater Building with Col. Larry Reed, of DuBois, as auctioneer. To be put up for sale at the auction will be the building itself and the contents of the former movie theater facility.

The Jefferson theater building is owned by a Pittsburgh entertainment chain. The movie house, located on North Findley Street in Punxsutawney, has been closed since Oct. 6, 1978, when the last regularly scheduled feature was shown. Since that time only one movie has been shown every six months to enable the owners to retain the theater zoning designation for the building.

kencmcintyre on September 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

This is an 8/11/98 article from the Indiana (PA) Gazette:

PUNXSUTAWNEY â€" The owner of the old Jefferson Theatre building was given seven days to complete demolition of the building at Monday night’s meeting of the Punxsutawney Borough Council. Borough Manager Sue Maczko told council that Bethpage Industries Inc. is planning to open a business in the vicinity of the former theater building on North Findley Street but has been unable to complete its project because of the lingering demolition of the three-story structure.

Maczko told council that Bethpage wants to open this fall, but has been unable to get a natural gas installation for its office because the theater demolition is still uncompleted. The theater has been closed since 1978. It is partially razed, but all of the high steel beams remain in place. Maczko said the Borough Code Enforcement Office had issued a permit to Blair Blose, the owner of the building, to demolish the building in February, 1998; Blose has since been granted an extension.

Council moved to direct borough Solicitor A. Ted Hudock to write a letter instructing Blose and the demolition crew that there is now a seven day deadline for completion of the project. Police Chief Bill Clement was directed to close off the portion of Pine Alley between the old theater and the Jefferson High Rise apartments to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic because of safety hazards until the demolition is completed. The vote on both directives was 9-0.

Patsy on December 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Chuck: Thanks for the photo posted in April. Is the building still standing?

Patsy on December 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Guess it was demolished according to the post by “ken mc”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2015 at 6:49 pm

According to the NRHP nomination for for the Jefferson Theatre (PDF here), the house opened in November, 1905, with a stock company in residence.

Patsy on January 19, 2015 at 7:36 pm

The theatre site called Cinema Tour has many photos of this theatre before it was demolished.

Patsy on January 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Will try and contact someone with the historical society in the town to see if I can find out anything… particularly when the Wurlitzer was removed and where it is today!

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