Penn Theatre

18 N. Mercer Street,
New Castle, PA 16101

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RSM3853 on February 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

The Penn Theater’s last week was April 24-30, 1968. The final film to play there was “In the Heat of the Night,” in its return to theaters after winning the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1967.

Richardkalata on October 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

I was releif projectionist at almost every new castle theater, including the penn from 1956 on (hilander,state,victor,supercastle drive in) my father was chief projectioist at the penn theater for almost 40 years retiring when it closed.I saw or ran almost every movie that played there. I don’t remember the tiffney chandelers but do remember the giant statue of william penn setting on top of rhe marque. The cinemascope screen was large but not wall to wall as exit doors to the left & right limited size. the giant panoramic screen was not so giant for the same reason.Penn, unlike the hilander, had 3 track stereo magnetic sound but never added surround speakers.the hilander has full stereo. leo mickey was an outstanding manager. The penn had one of the largest and most comfortable projection roome i ever saw. tooooo bad it had to be torn down. it could be a fine 4-plex today and a spark plug for downtown.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Jack; Sure like the details.

Anyone else have more info, or photos?

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on August 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I think a reunion of sorts is long overdue for former theatre people in the W3estern PA area. Our numbers are dwindling.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Glad to read about the"PENN THEATRE CASHIERS SOCIETY" we get together every once in awhile from theatres with ABC and PLitt in Augusta old managers,assistants,projectionists and concessiongirls and do the same thing.