Elmwood Theatre

27 S. Belmont Street,
York, PA 17403

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The Elmwood Theatre in East York, PA. was operating prior to 1950. It was considered an ‘Art’ theatre, at one time owned by R. Moore.

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dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on July 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Can anyone tell me where this theatre was located at?? I know the Strand and Capitol were on N. George Street, the Southern Theatre was located off of S. George St., the Holiday Theatre was located on E. Market St., and the Hiway Theatre was located on W. Market Street. However, I never heard of the Elmwood Theatre in York. Any additional information would be sincerely appreciated.

John Simmers
John Simmers on July 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

The Elmwood Theater was at 27 S. Belmont St. in East York. The neighborhood is called Elmwood and is on either side of I-83 off of Market St. The theater is about a half-block south of Market and is in Springettsbury Township. The Elmwood Theatre still exists, as the home of York Little Theatre, as it has been since the movie theater closed in the early 1950s. The building has since been expanded and remodeled, and any exterior similarity to the old movie house was eradicated long ago.

I don’t know much about the Elmwood, other than it was an art/foreign film theater and lasted only a few years, probably not more than a decade if that, in the late 40s and 50s. York was not then and still is not a market for art/foreign films. Why they didn’t switch to a more mainstream format I don’t know, but perhaps the competition from bigger theaters and TV was just too great. Judging by the auditorium at YLT, the Elmwood might have had 600 seats or so. That’s about all I know about it. I’ve never even seen a picture of it.

dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on July 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

Thanks for your information. I never knew that was at one time a movie theatre. Since I was born in 1947 the York Little Theatre is all I remember that being when I got old enough to take notice to things and became interested in movie theatres.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Here is the official web site of the York Little Theatre.

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