Elks Theatre

4 W. Emaus Street,
Middletown, PA 17057

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Conceptual Sketch: The Future of The Elks Theatre

One of the oldest continually operating neighborhood motion picture theaters in the US with a full balcony. The Elks Theatre was opened in October 1911 and originally had 700 seats.

By 2012 it is operated by the non-profit Greater Middletown Economic Development Corporation.

Contributed by Jonathan M. Crist

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maxzilla2005 on May 3, 2006 at 9:26 am

I’m going to the test screening tonight, Ice Age 2 has been called back by 20th Century Fox, but the theater is still scheduled to reopen in two days with Scary Movie 4! Prices: Adults $5, Children $3, all matinees $3.

JohnMessick on May 3, 2006 at 11:49 am

Max…nice write up in this morning newspaper about the Elks. Good Luck and I hope everything goes smoothly on opening night.

JMuggio on May 7, 2006 at 7:57 am

It’s nice to see so much enthusiasm here about the historic Elks theatre. Under the Elks previous Lessee, the theatre ran second run films and is continuing to do so under a new lease from GMEDC. Although GMEDC does have plans to do further renovations to the building, it will continue to operate at first for 3 nights a week (Fri – Sun) and could possibly open regularly for daily matinees and evening shows by the end of May or early June. Previous renovations were made only to bring the building up to NEC code standards for safety purposes. The May 5th opening was a success with sales of about 1/3 the total seating capacity. The projection equipment used by Jonathan Crist was his personal equipment, less the screen and speaker system. We are currently operating with a triple platter system, a Strong/Simplex projector and a Dolby CP65 sound processor obtained from one of Regal’s warehouses. Our bookings are confirmed on Monday by late afternoon and we plan to advertise in the Patriot News. I will try to answer any questions I can through this thread or by email.

JohnMessick on November 20, 2006 at 12:47 am

Max Einhorn…I notice the Elks is open 7 days a week now…how are things working out being open 7 days a week now?

JohnMessick on January 14, 2007 at 12:53 pm

ProjectionRoom..I now see the Elks is open 7 days a week. How is that working out?

JMuggio on January 15, 2007 at 9:58 am

It’s working fairly well..the only drawback is the length of time the studio requires we keep the film, which is usually 3 weeks. We do get the occassion where we can split films which helps us target our audience better. We’re training more of our current staff to operate the projection equipment when Ross or myself can’t be there, otherwise things are going well. Our weekly grosses for the past couple weeks have been better than any cineplex in the surrounding area. (only for the movies we’re showing). Thanks for asking John.

JohnMessick on January 15, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Projectionroom…..I am glad to hear that your doing well. I was down to the Elks on your opening weekend and was really impressed. The prior management, I wasn’t to impressed with. HE gave off a negative vibe. It’s always great to see a single screen theater like the Elks a success…Good Luck!

elksprojectionist on August 21, 2007 at 4:17 am

hello everyone….check out The Elks Theatre website www.elksmovies.com

JohnMessick on August 21, 2007 at 5:32 am

Elksprojectionist….I checked the website out….The pictures didn’t show. I did enjoy the history of the Elks. I am glad the new ownership is prospering. The former owner really turned me off…so much negativity. I like to see a single screen do well

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