Arcadia Theatre

325 Broad Street,
New Bethlehem, PA 16242

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

The June 10, 1916, issue of The American Contractor had an item about a proposed movie theater in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:

“New Bethlehem, Pa. — Theater: About $12,000. 1 sty. 60x100. Archt. H. S. Bair, Vandergrift bldg., Pittsburgh. Owner A. K. Andrews Lumber Co., New Bethlehem. Plans in progress; owner will build and buy material. Work will start shortly.”
Here is an item about the Andrews Theatre form the August 12, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:
“New Bethlehem to Have Theater.

“C. E. Andrews is erecting a modern 800 seat house at New Bethlehem, Pa. This is the first moving picture theater in the town, which has a population of 2,500. It will be completed in about three months.”

In June, 1936, architect Victor A. Rigaumont received a copyright on plans for alterations to the lobby of a theater at New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As the Arcadia appears to have been the only movie theater in the town, this must have been the one he worked on.