West Shore Theatre

317 Bridge Street,
New Cumberland, PA 17070

Unfavorite 5 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 41 comments

DavidZornig on March 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

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


Patsy on February 15, 2018 at 11:20 am


Patsy on February 15, 2018 at 11:00 am

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.

muviebuf on February 15, 2018 at 10:53 am

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.

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.

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.

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.

Patsy on January 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

John Simmers
John Simmers on July 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm

The West Shore Theatre is for sale. Details here: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/west_shore_theatre_closes.html

LorinWeigard on October 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

The West Shore Theatre is decidely a Cinema Treasure— simply because of what it is— the last of the neighborhood 2nd run theatres that used to be part of every outlying town or neighborhood away from the Harrisburg First Run theatres. I visited the West Shore last evening for the first time since their conversion to digital format, and it is THE venue to see a movie. The admission— $4 on weeknights, $5 on weekends wouldn’t get you a kid’s size soda at the local megaplex. Price aside, this is a family operation, and they make you feel welcome from the time you arrive. Then there’s the theatre— this wonderful 1940’s modern movie theatre architecture from those wonderful experior doors invites you inside to enjoy the show. The seats (not the orginal by any means) are comfortable and wide, with plenty of leg room. The screen is big with the full (or darn close to) 2.35 Cinemascope wide screen format. The new digital projection is bright and flawless. The sound is state-of-the-art 7.1 Dolby surround-in a theatre with superb acoustics. The West Shore Theatre has everything the local multiplex is missing— a history, a welcoming enviornment and a first rate movie presentation. My first memory of the West Shore was an early re-release of Disney’s Fantasia when I was 4 or 5, and I’ve been in love with this theatre from that point on. Congratulations and godspeed for another 74 years. L. Weigard

rivest266 on July 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

http://westshoretheatre.com/ is selling Japanese beauty products. old website with audio at https://web.archive.org/web/20040210000612/http://www.westshoretheatre.com/

JohnMessick on October 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

jblauch, are you male or female?

jblauch on October 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

John, I know that the owner is planning to make the move to digital, but is looking for help if it can be found. We are looking into a fund raiser to help offset the enormous cost that the Movie Companies are forcing us to undertake. Also, I would just like to add that the people who sneak in thier own food are causing problems for the theatre. As we know the Movie companies take their percentage (usually around 50%) from the ticket sales. So when you look at it, we make $1.75 from each ticket. That is not enough to keep the theatre operating. So, PLEASE all who patronage the theatre, help us keep our prices low and shop at the consession stand, that is how we pay the bills. thanx.

Patsy on August 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

This gem of a theatre with its original looking wood “half-moon doors” should never….go away! Any town that has a theatre as nice as this one should always “treasure” it as it is a true CINEMA TREASURE!

John Simmers
John Simmers on August 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

The Harrisburg Patriot-News recently did an extensive article about how local independent theaters are handling the switch from 35mm to digital projection. The article centered on the three-screen Midtown in Harrisburg, the non-profit Majestic in Gettysburg and another small theater upstate. No mention was made of the West Shore (or the Elks in Middletown for that matter) and I’m wondering what plans the owner of this very popular suburban theater has for the day when 35mm goes away. Many, many people would be saddened to see this little gem of a theater go away too.

Patsy on July 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

This is a remarkable looking theatre with those vintage doors!

eyeofthestorm on July 13, 2012 at 5:33 am

Thank you Chuck1231. I should get those images up by the end of the weekend.

eyeofthestorm on July 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’m the photographer who posted the image that lostmemory has a link too. If you would like to see more recent photo’s please let me know, and where I can post them on this site. I was just back there in June, 2012, and took a few more of this great movie theatre.

Patsy on August 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

mark: Since Lost is no longer an active CT member I will respond to you on his behalf. The photo he posted that really showed those half moon doors is another great example of his many CT contributions over the years. I have asked him to consider a return to CT, but he has moved on as they say which is our loss.