York Mall Theatre

130 N. Duke Street,
York, PA 17401

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John Simmers
John Simmers on July 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The above address is incorrect. 130 North Duke Street is a state office building in the city of York. These theaters were located in the 2800 block of East Market Street at Northern Way in Springettsbury Township.

This theater began as a new single-screen Trans-Lux venue, probably in 1966 or 67. Trans-Lux also built brand-new theaters in Harrisburg and Lebanon around that time. If it was anything like the Harrisburg theater, it was tastefully decorated with state of the art projection and sound. Trans-Lux twinned their theaters in 1975, renaming them the Trans-Lux “Blue” and “Gold” theaters. They were re-seated and redecorated, and while all of that was nicely done, they practically became bowling alley theaters, extremely long but not very wide, with small screens and mono sound. If you were near the back you may as well have brought binoculars.

They were leased to UA before the decade was out and became “The Movies 1 @ 2.” By the mid-90s the York Mall had become another “ghost mall,” and the theaters were demolished with much of the rest of the mall around 2001 or thereabouts. These were first-run theaters throughout their existence and we saw many films there. Wish I could have seen this theater before it was twinned.

57thst on July 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I only remember it being twinned. The Mall opened in 1968 so i’m guessing the theater opened then too. It actually wasn’t a bad theater for being in a mall. The last movie I saw here was in 1996, it probably closed soon after. The address should be 2801 E. Market St.

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