Reality Theatre

704 Main Street,
Robertsdale, PA 16674

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Liberty Theater

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Originally opened in 1918 as the Liberty Theatre, a wood-frame theatre seating just under 475, the popular venue was burned to the ground in 1936.

It wasn’t until more than 12 years later that a new theatre was built on the site, renamed the Reality Theatre. According to the story, the builder of the theatre came up with the name because "the people of Robertsdale only dreamed of the theatre reopening, but that dream has now become Reality."

The theatre operated for another decade before closing, but reopened once more in the late-1960’s before closing again in the early-1980’s.

After sitting empty for many years, the wonderfully restored Reality Theatre today serves as the Coal Miners Museum and Entertainment Center which is operated by the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2006 at 1:23 pm

Here is another photo of the Reality Theater building.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Here is a larger version of the LOC photo at the top of the page:
http://tinyurl.com/2kz4gv

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