Hill Theatre

2131 Market Street,
Camp Hill, PA 17011

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Hill Theater Camp Hill PA

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The Hill Theatre was opened February 19, 1947.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dennisczimmerman on January 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm

JOhn – Was the Hill Theatre part of the Chertcoff circuit headquartered in Lancaster? I thought they operated a number of theatre in communities outlying Harrisburg. I know they operated the theatre in Steelton, which I think eventually became a “machine shop.” And I thought they had two theatres across the river from Harrisburg. One of these days, we must make arrangements to meet so I can give you my scrap books to peruse.

JohnMessick on January 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Dennis ..yes it was part of the Chertcoff cicuit. yes, I would like to see your scrapbooks…The lemoyne theatre closed sometime in the mid to late 50’s

1posterfan4sure on January 7, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Dennis and John: We should all try to get together at some point and talk Central PA theaters. I grew up in the Harrisburg area and now live in York, and know quite a bit about theaters in those towns, but I know very little about Lancaster other than what you’ve posted here. I’d love to see your scrapbooks too.

dennisczimmerman on April 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

John Messick and John S in York – wondering if we might still ever get together and have a chat about the “old days.” Time keeps marching on.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

The Hill, along with the Uptown in Harrisburg, were two of the newest theaters in the Harrisburg area circa the 1950s. Probably the last new neighborhood theaters before shopping malls changed everything.
My parents took me to theaters all over the Harrisburg/West Shore area and I remember the Hill as a very nice one. It was a single building set back from the street and there was a parking lot to the left of it. There was a roomy lobby/entrance (as I recall) and a downstairs lounge reached by a stairway at the back of the auditorium. I remember everything about the theater as being new, modern (as opposed to theaters like the Colonial), and attractive.
Later I got to know theaters in York, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.
Would love to see those scrapbooks too, but I’m no longer in the area.

JohnMessick on February 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

Looking forward to you placing your photos on your blog. I hope it is soon.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I’m working on this. I just submitted an entry on the Rio.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

Harry Chertcoff address in 1956 was 419 E.king st. Lancaster,Pa. dennis.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

The February 19, 1947, issue of the Harrisburg Evening News said that Harry Chertcoff’s new Hill Theatre in Camp Hill would open that night. The Hill Theatre was designed by architect William Lynch Murray.

Camphillian on April 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

What a great, beautiful theater it was in its heyday. Dark red use of color, like a royal palace interior. Use to go there as a kid, saw lots of Kurt Russell Disney films, Superdad, The Shining, Zeppelin and even Nicholas and Alexandra shown in the phone above. When they tore it down, a little bit of my childhood died.

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