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 was opened around 1915 and 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 on November 24, 2004 at 5:21 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 on July 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm

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

dstear on October 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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 on August 8, 2013 at 5:11 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Despite a slight address discrepancy, the Hippodrome was probably the project noted in the August 7, 1915, issue of The Music Trade Review: “A new moving picture theater will be erected at 2509 Peach street, Erie, for D. A. Billig.” A Mr. D. E. “Billie” (Billig was apparently the correct name, as it appears in several other sources) was noted as operator of the Hippodrome Theatre at Erie in the February 26, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World. The house must have opened in late 1915 or early 1916.

Frank Albrecht
Frank Albrecht on April 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm

I have an unfortunate update for this theatre. Rarely do I drive past this area, so I was shocked to see an entirely new-looking building in its place. Whether they demolished the original building or just made major renovations I’m not sure, but the exterior is tan stucco now and is roughly the same height as it was originally. I believe it is still being used as some sort of pet store.

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