New Castle Playhouse

202 East Long Avenue,
New Castle, PA 16101

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Another booth photo

The State Theater dates back to at least 1930. Since 1987, the New Castle Playhouse has been located in the former State Theater building.

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TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Nice looking little theatre.

guapodugh on January 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Was this an Adult theater for a brief time?

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

The Baltimore family originally opened the State following the closing of their Baltimore Strand nickelodeon which was also located on Long Avenue. Long Avenue itself was a “second downtown” area of sorts which was a popular shopping district for Polish, Italian and other recent immigrant groups. Some referred to shopping on Long Avenue as “going to Europe.” The State theatre was almost always a second run house with occasional foreign language specials. It’s last incarnation was, briefly, as a XXX house before closing as a film theatre. The New Castle Playhouse has done a remarkable job of renovating the theatre and converting it to a live venue. The success of the Playhouse has also brought renewed life to the area in the form of restaurants and small shops. This is a good example of how it SHOULD be done. Currently a search is underway to locate the original architectural drawings of the theatre.

moviemanretired on August 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

I worked at the State in the summer of 66 to 67 when it was re-opened by a Pittsburgh Company. I worked in candy sales/usher/fix-it guy & even helped with the booker getting films played there. I just lived around the corner from the theater so helped the manager run the operation. It did very well running second run films that the other theaters overlooked in there theaterical run. Usually playing a feature a week or two. I was 17/18 years old at the time. I later went into the projection end of the business working in all the cinemas in New Castle Pa area during and up to Apr 1969 when I left the area for the AF. I will post pictures that I have of the inside of the State while they were fixing up the auditorium going from Cinema to Stage. In later yaers it ran just on weekends and it did try xxx rated film until it closed in the late 80’s

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