Mt. Wolf Theatre

98 S. 6th Street,
Mount Wolf, PA 17347

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John Simmers
John Simmers on February 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

The Mt. Wolf Theater was built in the 1940s by Mark Rubinsky, who operated a chain of nine small second-run houses throughout South Central Pennsylvania, including the Capitol in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood, the Lyric in Dallastown and the Newville Theater, among others. In 1949 Rubinsky sold his theaters in order to build the Uptown Theater in Harrisburg. From 1949 until it was closed and demolished in 1972, the Uptown was one of the Capital City’s classiest film venues.

The Mt. Wolf Theater served the adjacent communities of Mt. Wolf and Manchester, north of the city of York, and was located on a corner in a tree-lined residential neighborhood. The interior, as I recall, was mostly green with contrasting vinyl seating for about 500, I’d guess. Nothing fancy. As years of neglect took their toll, the Mt. Wolf was closed in the 1980s and sat vacant for several years.

In the 90s it got a new lease on life when it was renovated and turned into a gospel music dinner theater. It was also used for other forms of dinner theater and concerts and today houses the Mt. Wolf Community Church. I don’t believe the dinner theater is still active as I haven’t heard anything about it in years. The marquee and façade are still as they were in the 1940s. Too bad movies are gone, as these communities could support a well-run local theater, but at least the Mt.Wolf is being maintained and is an attractive part of its neighborhood.

muviebuf
muviebuf on February 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

Built in 1947.

Last Movie shown was ET – The Extra Terrestrial in 1984.