Manos Theater

548 Philadelphia Street,
Indiana, PA 15701

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Manos Theater Indiana Pennsylvania 1979

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Originally opened c.1928 as the Ritz Theater, it had been renamed Manos Theater by 1941.

Contributed by David Stear

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Barry1965 on July 14, 2002 at 8:50 am

The Manos Theatre on Philadelphia Street in Indiana was destroyed in the early 1980s. I don’t know much about this theatre…I did attend movies there as a child, it was a beautiful theatre and it was a sad day when it was leveled. On the site now is the offices of Indiana County Head Start.

Patsy on September 5, 2005 at 4:22 pm

Barry: I was about to ask some folks I just met from Indiana PA about this theatre, but since it was leveled they will only have their personal memories. Too bad as Indiana PA is the homewtown of Jimmy Stewart and Stewart movies could have been shown at that theatre like It’s A Wonderful Life during the holiday season.

w3syt on April 21, 2006 at 8:42 am

The Manos chain was pretty big in Western PA. The Palace in Greensburg has been beautifully restored and has frequent shows. We recently saw Patti Page there. I have a half decent xerox pix of the Manos in Monessen (rebuilt 1948// demolished a few years ago)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2010 at 4:20 am

The photo shows that the Manos Theatre was in a very old building. I would not expect a building of that style to have been built as late as 1928, when the theater organ was installed, and it could have been built as early as the 1900s or 1910s. The auditorium could have been built behind an existing commercial building, of course, but this could also be an earlier theater that has had multiple names.

Arcadia Publishing Company’s book Indiana, Pennsylvania mentions five theater names in the town, but is very short on both details and photos. It doesn’t mention the name Ritz Theatre.

There’s a photo of a theater called the Star, located on 7th Street, which was demolished to make way for a department store in 1915. There’s a photo of the entrance of the Manos Theatre in 1956. There’s a photo of the Indian Theatre from 1936.

Most interesting is a theater called the Globe. There’s a photo apparently depicting the original Globe, built in 1909, which suffered a fire in 1912. The Globe then moved to a different (unspecified) location. The caption says the new Globe was later called the Strand. What I’m wondering is if the Globe/Strand later became the Ritz and then the Manos?

Boxoffice of July 31, 1967, said that the Manos Theatre in Indiana, Pennsylvania, had celebrated its thirtieth anniversary on the 19th of that month, so it must have lost he name Ritz in 1937.

RSM3853 on May 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

The Manos Theater’s closing was announced on September 24, 1980.

octobercountry on July 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

Just for clarification—-the Manos Theater building was NOT demolished. It still stands, but has been repurposed into standard office space.

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