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 theatre in the heart of downtown New Cumberland. It is 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.

Contributed by Jonathan M. Crist, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

Patsy on July 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Have sent an email to the executive director of the Carlisle Theatre in Carlisle PA in hopes they can help the West Shore.

LorinWeigard on July 10, 2015 at 7:27 am

The news posted on July 9 that the West Shore is distressing to be sure; I certainly hope someone sees what a gem this neighborhood theatre is and will carry on. This is the one theatre in this area I could count on to sit back and experience a professional presentation without having to sit through 10 trailers at painful sound levels before the picture began, or having house lights come up 8 minutes before the end of the movie. If the West Shore closes, it will be sorely missed by this movie goer.

rivest266 on January 4, 2016 at 9:36 am

Stopped showing movies in September, 2015. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/west_shore_theatre_closes.html

Patsy on January 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

Rivest266: With this theatre having stopped showing movies in September, 2015 what’s next for this theatre? Can they offer live performances?

LorinWeigard on January 4, 2016 at 12:04 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 on January 9, 2016 at 2:04 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 on January 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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

muviebuf on January 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

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 on January 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

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 on November 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

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.

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