Cinema 5

116 Heister Street,
State College, PA 16803

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Cinema 5

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Carmike’s Cinema 5 is located at 116 Heister Street in State College, PA. Cinema 5 was once a two screen house, until the early 1980’s when Cinemette renovated the theater, and turned it into a five screen house.

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

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

helman700 on August 4, 2008 at 11:32 am

well it’s not the last movie theatre downtown, the fact that the State has lasted since the 30s is pretty impressive. It is the last remaining movie theatre downtown, though I’ll conceed that the 5 was the last to show movie’s like superbad and talladega nights, thankfully they’ve been relegated to the suburbs. And don’t worry we will soon have a brand new goverment subsidized state-of-the-art multiplex on Fraser. What the free-market couldn’t do, the borough will perfect. i’m still surprised the 6 is still around, and I keep getting ads for management positions at Carmike Cinemas, they must be making one last stab at it.

kencmcintyre on November 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Here is an October 10, 1967 article about the opening from the Daily Collegian:

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 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 on March 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

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


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 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 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 on September 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

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