Magic Land

204 N. Pittsburgh Street,
Connellsville, PA 15425

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The 1908 Sanborn shows this vaudeville theater operating in a deep single-story wooden structure. This was a simple box with a lobby at the front, and a small stage at the rear. Only the back wall is metal clad, and it is noted as offering ‘continuous performance’. It suffered a fire in 1908. The structure was likely originally built around 1896 as a tailor’s shop, and the rear section with stage added on.

By 1914, the small wooden structures had been replaced by a large 2-story McCrory’s 5&10, which may be the existing structure, albeit much remodeled.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 19, 2020 at 11:54 pm

The June, 1908 issue of Insurance Engineering noted a number of fires that year including this one: “May 10. Connellsville, Pa. Magic Land, vaudeville theater, Samuel Hantman, North Pittsburg street; also two stores. Total losses, $20,000.” I’ve been unable to discover if the theater was ever rebuilt.

SethG
SethG on April 20, 2020 at 7:37 am

I’m sure, given the damages, and the size and age of the buildings concerned, that they were completely destroyed.

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