Aurora Theatre

754 Little Deer Creek Road,
Russellton, PA 15024

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Aurora Theatre

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The 200-seat Nixon Theatre opened prior to 1926. In 1940 it was taken over by the parents of Alfred and Aurora Dattola Panza and given as a wedding gift to them. It was remodelled and renamed Aurora Theatre in 1942. They had difficulty obtaining bricks due to wartime restrictions. The Panza’s sold the business around 1947.

It was demolished in the 1960’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Victor Panza

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

The April, 2011, issue of a publication called The Town Flyer has a photo of the Aurora Theatre on page 22 (embedded PDF at a site called ReadBag here.) The author of the caption is under the impression that the Nixon and the Aurora were the same theater. The photo is definitely the Aurora, though.

The caption says that the theater was at the foot of Starr Road. There are no buildings resembling the theater in that area today, but there is a building resembling the neighbor to the left of the theater in the photo. In current Google street view it is occupied by a hair salon called Style Unlimited, which is at either 754 or 758 Little Deer Creek Valley Road (web sites disagree.)

The lot next door, where the theater could have been, is vacant. The side wall of the surviving building has the stair-step pediment of the neighbor in the photo, and shows signs of having had the same decorative strip along the front parapet (street view is a bit blurry, and the building facade itself looks badly weathered.) My guess is that the Aurora Theatre has been demolished, but someone local should probably confirm the location before we say that it has.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

And there is the very photo on our page!

This is a Google Street View of the location I think the Aurora Theatre might have been.

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