Cinema 5

116 Heister Street,
State College, PA 16803

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Cinema 5

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The Cinema 2 was opened by Associated Theatres on October 10, 1967. In the early-1980’s Cinemette renovated the theater, and turned it into a five screen house. It was last operated by Carmike Cinemas.

The Cinema 5 was the last movie theater in operation in downtown State College. It closed December 20, 2007.

Contributed by Denise McKee

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

jdbeard184
jdbeard184 on May 2, 2009 at 6:51 pm

It’s been too long since I’ve been to this page. Great find, Chuck1231! I wonder where this company found all these photos. This was the first time I saw a picture of the theatre as a twin. Also, I found the Arena on the site.

I have upload a few pictures to the link below. More of the “technical” pictures appear towards the end of the album. I will try to upload more photos as time permits. ~Jarryd

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jdbeard184
jdbeard184 on January 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

Sorry Jack. When Facebook changed their privacy options, I must have made all my albums visible to friends only. This should be corrected now.

shanadavid
shanadavid on March 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

Does anyone know the status of this theater now? Is it for sale?

Thanks!

DTSguy
DTSguy on August 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

This is the theater that housed all the Star Wars reissues in 1997; considering the surrounding choices at the time, it was not a half-bad presentation and they put in DTS sound around 1996.

charlene
charlene on October 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Hello Jack, would love to be able to use some of your infomraiton for a histrocial plaque that we want to do on the building. Any problems withe doing that?

kagami101
kagami101 on April 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Of all the theaters that have closed in State College, this one hurt the most. I saw so many movies there. I remembered standing in line with my dad for HOURS to see “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and going on dates there with my future wife before we got married and left town. I even worked there for a time. I was back in town when they were gutting it a few years ago and it was like the last few shreds I had of my childhood got shot right in the head. The town I grew up in was no more.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

rdimucci
rdimucci on October 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Associated Theaters operated the Cinema I and II for the years I attended PSU (1969-73). I saw many films there during that time. It looks like it was kept in good condition right to the end.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm

The October 10, 1967 opening means Associated Theatres missed thier target date. The August 7 issue of Boxoffice had reported that the twin was expected to open in early September.

I’m wondering if the giant box of popcorn displayed on the Calder Way side of the building is an artifact left over from the theater operation. The theater closed over ten years ago and the building was converted for retail use, and though it is currently occupied mostly by restaurants I doubt any of them serve boxes of popcorn.

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