Shillington Theater

29 East Lancaster Avenue,
Shillington, PA 19607

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muviebuf on August 10, 2015 at 11:16 am

This version of the Shillington Theatre was a nice second run neighborhood theatre for many years. However it was not until the late 1960’s that the Shillington Theatre was able to run movies on Sundays due to the local municipality refusing to repeal and continuing to enforce Pennsylvania’s antiquated “blue laws” which forbade entertainment (and bars) being open on Sundays unless the local muncipality voted otherwise.

Around 1968 the Shillington theatre was switched to first run for a short time after most of the aging downtown Reading first run theatres were either closed or burned to the ground (urban renweal at its finest) Once the suburban mall theatres aroung Reading opened the Shillington reverted untimately reverted to second run.

Sometime in the 1970’s the Shillington was twinned with a wall up the middle.

In the late 1970’s through its closing in the late 1980’s the Shillington became a quasi- art house showing more popular art house product. If I recall “The Gods Must Be Crazy” played one screen of the Shillington for at least 6 months to the point where the print became almost destroyed and missing the last few minutes (but they continued to play it anyway).

JohnnyC. on August 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

The map photo should point to Berks Bible Church.

American Classic Images has photos of this Shillington theater.

JohnnyC. on August 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

This Shillington theater opened in Sept. of 1949. It replaced an older Shillington theater located at 22 New Holland Ave, which was closed when this new theater opened. Seating for the new Shillington theater at 29 East Lancaster Ave, was advertised as having 654 seats.

JimmiB on April 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Shillington is a suburb of Reading. I was only in here once. That was to see “Blazing Saddles”.