Rex Theatre

813 Gillespie Avenue,
Portage, PA 15946

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The Pastime Theatre was opened March 1, 1911. In 1931 it was remodelled and renamed Rex Theatre. It was still open beyond at least 1950. Like so many theatres of the day, it screened a good selection of films, and Saturday matinees for the kids was always a big event. It was owned by Stern-Hanna Theatres out of Pittsburgh.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

The October 25, 1931, issue of The Film Daily had this item about the Rex:

“Portage, Pa.— The old Pastime has been reopened by C. 0. Baird. It has been remodeled and newly equipped and its name changed to the Rex.”
The Pastime, which had been reported closed only a few weeks earlier, had this advertisement in the classified section of The Billboard of March 4, 1911:
“WANTED —ATTRACTIONS

“New Pastime Theatre, Portage, Pa. Seating 800, nice stage. Opens March 1, 1911. On main line P. R. B., between Altoona and Johnstown. Pa. Good show town. Write for open time, 1911-12. C. 0. BAIRD, Mgr., Portage. Pa.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

We list the Rex as demolished. Has that happened quite recently? Google has no nearby street view of this location, but there’s a good bird’s eye view at Bing Maps. The building looks like a theater, but there are gaping holes in its roof, so it might have been demolished since the view was recorded. If it hasn’t been demolished yet it probably soon will be.

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