Flick Theater

S. Atherton Street,
State College, PA 16801

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This was a very small theater that looks to have been converted from retail. It closed in June or July 1986 and was demolished later that year.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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joesview on March 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

When I went to Penn State in the late 1960s and early 70s the tiny theater was called Twelvetrees and offered fantastic repertory programming. It’s where I saw lots of Truffaut flicks and other foreign gems. They also revived fairly recent films that had been commercial flops. The lobby was a hotbed of good movie chat. The screen was small but the films made up for it!

kagami101 on April 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I went to ONE movie there. It sort of had a reputation for being a bit rundown and showing 2nd run stuff. I must have missed its “glory days” as an “art house” theater. The only film I ever saw there was “Popeye”. So that must have been Dec of 1980.

parktheatre on May 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I was a PSU student in the mid-70s and worked there as a projectioninst a couple of times. As I recall, I trained in the booth there as an apprentice in order to test for my projectionist license in Harrisburg. There were red drapes masking the screen that no longer opened and closed. The Century projectors gave a good-quality presentation. It never really looked like a movie theater from the outside.

FondMemories on June 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I caught the tail-end of its “art house” days; I remember seeing a couple of Lina Wertmuller films there in the mid-70s. There were dollar matinees in most of the downtown theaters in those days, and I saw a phenomenal number of movies during that fertile period for filmmakers. Digital projection and stadium seating are nice, but I miss the single-screen storefront theaters – no matter how compromised the space and/or the equipment.

rdimucci on October 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

When it was still called the Twelvetrees, I made the mistake of first seeing “2001: A Space Odyssey” there on the tiny screen. (The film played much better a few years later when I saw it at the Cathaum.) The Twelvetrees was a better theater for old W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy films, which I also saw there, in October 1969.

rdimucci on October 16, 2016 at 2:49 am

Associated Theaters acquired the Twelvetrees during the summer of 1970, remodeled the theater, and renamed it The Flick. It reopened in September, at the start of the Fall 1970 term, with its first feature being Elliott Gould’s “Getting Straight.” New seats were installed in early September 1972.

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