1426 Derry Street,
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The Grand Theatre on Derry Street was a kind of sister theatre to the Penway Theatre on State Street. It opened in the 1920’s.
It was another typical neighborhood second-run theater in what was once a very pleasant residential neighborhood a little ways down from Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge.
The Grand Theatre was set almost on the sidewalk and did not have an impressive entrance or a large or overhanging marquee (like the Penway Theatre). As I recall there was a small narrow marquee for the movie titles and stars that ran along the top of the entrance and was flat against the building.
The refreshment stand was right inside the entrance and had double doors on each side that led into the auditorium. I don’t recall the auditorium itself being as large as the Penway Theatre.
I remember standing in line down the sidewalk to see MGM’s remake of “Little Women” at the Grand Theatre when I was in elementary school. (You stood right in front of the homes which were adjacent to the theater and also right on the sidewalk).
Later I also saw the remake of “Rose Marie” there, indicating that even neighborhood theaters were converted to CinemaScope by around 1954/1955.
As of March 1955 it was (like the Penway Theatre) still listed in the Screen Times column in Harrisburg newspapers.
The Grand Theatre closed in 1955 and became a church, then a roller skating rink, and then a church again.
Condemned by the city, the Grand Theatre was demolished in the early-2000’s.
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