Campus Theatre

415 Market Street,
Lewisburg, PA 17837

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The Campus Theatre opened January 17, 1941, with 717 seats and the movie “Love Thy Neighbor” starring Jack Benny and Fred Allen, with prices of 10/15 cents for children, 25/35 cents for adults, plus 3 cents for defense tax.

The Campus Theatre was designed by Philadelphia theatre architect David Supowitz, in the Art Deco style. Bucknell University colors orange and blue were used on the exterior and inside. The facade is an orange glazed terra cotta. The marquee has giant chrome and green neon letters. The blue bison relief on the exterior front wall and the stainless steel blue and silver images of athletes embedded into the interior lobby doors relate to the local Bucknell University spirit. The Campus Theatre opened with modern features: a chrome turnstile and seats that automatically raise when not occupied.

Inside, Art Deco style extends from its mirrored lobby and lounge furnishings to the wall and ceiling murals and light fixtures. The auditorium ceiling is painted with a wave pattern and abstracted floral designs influenced by machine geometry. Two twelve-foot high murals, male and female figures rendered in shades of blue, orange, crimson, and silver, adorn the auditorium side walls. In the rear, beige, blue, and yellow chevron and circular motifs are set on cork wall tiles. The overall effect is regional American modern.

The Campus Theatre was owned and operated by the Steifal family until 2001. It was then sold to Bucknell University film professor Eric Faden. In 2011, a $2.5 million six month refurbishment occurred, restoring and updating the entire interior of the theatre. The theatre continues to show first-run independent, art, and foreign films today. The theatre has also hosted two film festivals – one sponsored by the Library of Congress, the other sponsored by the French Cultural Emissary.

Contributed by eric faden

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

prwiley
prwiley on March 28, 2008 at 5:37 am

March 2008 Update.

Eric Faden sold the Campus Theatre and it is now being run as a non profit institution with a community-based board of directors.

The Campus was selected as one of 52 movie houses in the nation to host an official “Oscar Night America” party sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The party was a fund raising event for continued preservation of the theatre. The party feature a live “red-carpet” video feed into the theatre and limo service to the front of the theatre.

uptownjen
uptownjen on March 28, 2008 at 5:45 am

what an absolutely beautiful theatre, both inside and out! the marquee and rest of the exterior are especially amazing.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

This is another 2009 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 23, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Here is a recent close-up photo.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Great photos,nice theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Looks Like A Mike Rogers' Marquee.Great picture of a Grand Theatre.Thanks for the 1982 pictures.

jeffreyt
jeffreyt on April 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

There is a video online that deals with the on going renovation of the Campus. It is on the homepage of the Daily Item; Sunbury'PA’s daily newspaper

www.dailyitem.com

aealford
aealford on June 29, 2011 at 7:32 am

Couldn’t find the video on the link above but I did find one here: http://www.wnep.com/wnep-union-theatre-campus-bucknell-university-renovations,0,6908307.story

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