Hillcrest Theater

2505 Peach Street,
Erie, PA 16502

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Hillcrest Theater

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The Hippodrome Theater is located on upper Peach Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is listed as operating under that name until until at least 1943, when it became the Hillcrest Theater, continuing into the late 1950’s.

It has been used for storage or stood empty. I last saw it in 1995. It could have been demolished since then.

Contributed by David Stear

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Patsy
Patsy on November 24, 2004 at 8:21 pm

Am not familiar with this theater in Erie, but certainly the Erie Playhouse which had another name years ago and the restored Warner Theater on State Street.

MDaurora
MDaurora on July 25, 2008 at 12:28 am

The Hippodrome became the Hillcrest theater and was still in operation at least into the late 50’s to early 60’s

dstear
dstear on October 14, 2009 at 1:41 am

The whole neighborhood where the Hillcrest/Hippodrome theater is located has great potential. As it is now it is a botched up mess. Bury the power lines, fix up the great old buildings around there and do something with the big old schoolhouse up the street—at least tear off that ugly auto parts store in front of it. Maybe it could be turned into a youth hostel or something. The business that occupies the theater could be enticed to move somewhere else nearby and the theater restored to show cartoons and old newsreels and maybe old movies, even silent ones. I say turn the art and architecture majors from Penn State Behrend and Gannon loose on that neighborhood—anything they produce has got to be better than the mess that is there now. And turn that green area in front of the bank branch (whose architecture doesn’t go with the neighborhood BTW) into a park if nothing else. Dare to do something different, Erie!

Charlie_Brown1
Charlie_Brown1 on August 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

The Hillcrest was one of the last neighborhood theaters to close in the mid 1960s.I use to go there every Sunday. It always had a double feature, news, and a cartune. It cost just 50 cents and sometimes you got free popcorn. If you looked down at the floor when you entered the theater you saw it’s old name Hippodrome. What a fun time.

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