Governor Theatre

10 E. Main Street,
Somerset, PA 15501

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The Governor Theatre was opened in 1938.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Patsy
Patsy on June 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm

I was recently in Somerset PA and was told by a local attorney that I met in the county courthouse that there was a theatre, but it had been torn down 20 years ago.

Patsy
Patsy on June 13, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Lost: In fact, the July 1946 program calendar was my birth month and year!

Patsy
Patsy on June 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Lost: Ah, you remembered…how sweet and I shall save the calendar by printing it out.

Patsy
Patsy on June 14, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Lost: And at one time the Blatt Bros. owned and operated my hometown theatre, the Grand in Westfield NY.

Patsy
Patsy on June 14, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Lost: And I should have located the address of this former theatre at 10 E. Main just to see what is there now….probably another parking lot. I wonder why under Status it gives “closed” and I was told of it being demolished…20 years ago? And if the 945 seats is correct it was larger than most small to medium populated towns.

Patsy
Patsy on June 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I wish I had the name of that nice attorney whom I met while at the courthouse (Somerset is the county seat), but I didn’t get it nor his business card as I figured I wouldn’t need it…until now! Somerset is along the PA Turnpike and is a fairly large community so when I asked if the town had a theatre and was told they didn’t I was shocked and saddened. They do have a lovely inn by the name of Georgian Inn which was onced owned by a Mr. Zimmerman.

JEC
JEC on May 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My family owned and operated the Governor as well as the Par-K across Main St. Patsy my uncles Chuck, Jake and Bill were the Blatt brothers. Their operations started in East Brady with the purchase of the theatre there. It expanded to 45 theatres that I can recall. Unfortunately with the passing of time all these theatres are gone. Chuck1231 I have 1 photo of the markee at night in 1966 and 3 from inside the lobby if interested

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

The April 9, 1938, issue of The Film Daily listed the Blatt Brothers' Governor Theatre in Somerset among the new theaters under construction in Pennsylvania. The 1,000-seat house was to cost $65,000, and was set to open on April 20.

The item says that the theater was designed by an architectural firm called Walker & Mong, but I think it might have been a Pennsylvania architect who appears in the American Institute of Architects database as George L. Walker Mong. The AIA might have made a mistake, but it seems more likely that it would have been the magazine that made it.

Mark Ware
Mark Ware on April 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Patsy and JEC, I am the Executive Director of the Somerset Co. Historical Society and am doing research for a story on movie theaters in Somerset. We have numerous photos of the Governor, inside and outside. Looking for info and other photos. We have numerous cards for the Par K and Grand across the street from the Governor and owned by the Blatts. Would love to correspond with descendants of the Blatt Bros.

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