Keller's Theater

49 South Lake Street,
North East, PA 16428

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LisaGensheimer on March 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Small correction: Harry Kellar, known as the dean of American magicians, never had any children. Frank Keller was Harry Kellar’s nephew, not grandson.

Patsy on December 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

That would be a nice idea though I wouldn’t go so far as to tell the Baptist Church to “get lost”. Yet having said that I, along with many others, probably don’t appreciate the fact that the church demolished that theatre which was then lost forever. I grew up in nearby Westfield and have memories of the former Grand Theatre which is also lost forever!

dstear on October 14, 2009 at 1:58 am

It would be nice to be as wealthy as Bill Gates, that way I might be able to have some architect draw up a replica of Keller’s, pay off the Baptist Church to “get lost”, tear down their ugly building and rebuild Keller’s Theater.

Patsy on April 19, 2008 at 9:19 am

max3: I just read your Grand Theatre post and now this one as the 2 theatres weren’t many miles apart in NYS and in PA. Great memories and I so wish that both these theatres still existed.

max3 on April 18, 2008 at 11:46 pm

My family managed the Keller from 1962 to 1964. We lived in the apartment upstairs with Vern and Cecelia the cleaning people and another family with kids whose name I forget. Our apartment was on the right over the TV shop. There were small storage closets in the back of the second floor where I and the other kids played, plus a fenced backyard where we kept our dog, Boots. I went to 1st and 2nd grade at Heard Memorial grade school. My teachers were Mrs. Pulling and Mrs. Reid. The principal was Mr. Sherrieb. I have some memories that I can share if you email me at Also possibly some pictures of the apartment but alas not of the theater. Max Summerville

Patsy on February 18, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Still hope to see a photo(s)!

Patsy on October 4, 2007 at 10:25 am

Lost Memory: Interesting to learn that this small town theatre once had an organ! I grew up near this theatre, but never went there as a child though know exactly where it used to be.

Patsy on May 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Would still love to see a photo of this theatre!

Patsy on April 6, 2005 at 10:39 pm

Would love to see a photo of this theatre!

Patsy on November 30, 2004 at 8:44 pm

David: You seem to have more knowledge of this theater over many others and I just wondered if you are or were from that area of western PA?

Patsy on November 24, 2004 at 8:19 pm

David Stear: How do you research any given theater…what is your main source? Thanks.

DavidStear on June 4, 2002 at 1:53 am

I have further researched this theater and have found that it was built in 1914. It was originally called the Chickquitty Theater because its 2 original owners were named Charles “Chick” Phillips and Andy McQuitty. It apparently showed its last movie in 1967. It was razed about 3 or 4 years later.