Stanley Theatre

6 N. Market Street,
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

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Stanley Theatre

The Stanley Theatre opened August 30, 1920 with Gloria Swanson in “Why Change Your Wife”. It was operated by Comerford Theatres. It continued to operate until January 28, 1971 when it was blasted with dynamite.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on January 12, 2010 at 6:29 am

The Stanley can be seen in this January 1948 photo:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm

The August 23, 1971, issue of Boxoffice said that the Stanley Theatre building in Selinsgrove had been sold and the theater dismantled. The house had closed earlier that year. The item gave the address as 6 N. Market Street. If that’s correct, then the theater has been demolished. The site is now occupied by a commercial building that resembles a Victorian house, but is clearly of fairly recent construction.

The Boxoffice article named Charles Ulrich as the original owner of the Stanley Theatre. A 1919 publication of the State of Pennsylvania listed building plans approved during the month of October by the Bureau of Inspection, and a motion picture theater for Charles P. Ulrich at Selinsgrove was among them. The architect was listed as William Douden. This might have been among Douden’s last projects in Pennsylvania, as in 1920 he closed his office in Millersburg and reestablished himself in Union, South Carolina.

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