Lion Theatre

7 N. Main Street,
Red Lion, PA 17356

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The Lion Theatre was opened prior to 1941 when it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was still open in 1950.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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John Simmers
John Simmers on August 7, 2013 at 4:46 am

The Lion was reportedly as large and ornate as the co-owned Strand in York. Warner Bros, later RKO Stanley Warner, operated four theaters in downtown York in the 1930s and 40s (Strand, Capitol, Ritz and Rialto) and the Lion in Red Lion. I don’t know if this story is true, as it was only heard in passing, but the story goes that in the late 1960s the Red Lion town council passed a resolution banning the theater from playing anything but G-rated movies. (Red Lion is by and large a conservative, religious community, even to this day.) RKO Stanley Warner responded by closing the Lion the following day.

57thst on August 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

There is only one photo I know that exists of this theatre. I will try and track down a good copy.

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