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West Shore Theatre

317 Bridge Street,
New Cumberland, PA 17070

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West Shore Theatre

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The West Shore Theatre is a classic single screen Streamlined Moderne style theatre in the heart of downtown New Cumberland. It is named the West Shore because it is on the west shore of the Susquehanna River, across from Harrisburg.

The West Shore Theatre opened on January 20, 1940 with the movie “The Secret Life of Dr Kildare” and admission of 25 cents for adults, 15 cents for children. The theatre was designed by Philadelphia architect William H. Lee in an Art Moderne style. Interior wall coverings were in an old rose shade. The auditorium was furnished with walnut paneling on the side and rear walls and the ceiling had a hand painted oil painting. The theatre was built with air conditioning.

As of this writing (2008), the theatre has 450 seats, a large movie screen, EX Surround Sound, 50 varieties of candy at its concession stand and inexpensive admission prices. It was equipped with digital projection in 2014. The West Shore Theatre was put up ‘For Sale’ on 16th July 2015 due to the owner retiring, with an asking price $449,500. It was sold and closed February 14, 2018.

Contributed by Jonathan M. Crist, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

LorinWeigard
LorinWeigard on January 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

West Shore is still operating; they have gone from 2 features with separate admission to one show at 7 in the evenings. They also have special fundraising matinees on select weekends. The feature times are no longer posted on the Penn-Live movie site.

LorinWeigard
LorinWeigard on January 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I’m going to have to correct my earlier posting this week— I don’t know what the status of the West Shore is at this point; the phone is now disconnected, and that is never a good sign. Hopefully someone will buy this venue and make a go at it

Patsy
Patsy on January 9, 2016 at 11:54 pm

We certainly hope this theatre remains a part of the community!

muviebuf
muviebuf on January 10, 2016 at 3:13 am

According to Rent Track (nightly film gross reporting site for commercial theatres) the West Shore has been listed as “Closed” since February 2015. From that time forward the West Shore appears to have been running DVDs from Redbox. Wonder if they paid the film companies for use of those DVDs.

LorinWeigard
LorinWeigard on January 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Good news for us fans of the West Shore— the phone is back on and they are showing “The Martian” through the week. They aren’t down for the count just yet.

wendyvee
wendyvee on November 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Owner announced that next week is the last. I really thought,once the community helped him raise funds for digital upgrade, it would be safe. So sad to see it go.

muviebuf
muviebuf on February 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

As of Wednesday February 14, 2018 the West Shore Theatre is now closed … most likely permanently. The theatre had been operating under bankruptcy protection for the past three years. The finance company which held the commercial paper on its digital projector finally obtained a court order for repossession and removal of the digital projector.

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Not good news. This theatre has the original half moon designed glass doors. Please save this cinema treasure by forming a Friends of the West Shore.

Patsy
Patsy on February 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/11/west_shore_theatre_to_close_ne.html

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm

1946 image added credit West Shore Theatre Facebook page, which claims the theatre closed on February 14th. Link to their FB page below.

https://www.facebook.com/westshoretheatre/?fref=mentions

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