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East Greenville is in Philadelphia’s suburban Montgomery County, but in the Upper Perkiomen Valley, which is closer to Allentown than to Norristown.
The Grand Theatre opened October 4, 1924 under ownership of Blank & Fenstermacher. Fenstermacher (whose family owned the theatre until 1970) was the conductor of the East Greenville Orchestra, so there was no pipe organ in his theatre. The Grand featured a six-piece Grand Theatre Orchestra until talkies arrived at the theatre in 1929. The Grand was designed by architect Joseph S. Landes, who designed the Broad Theatre in Souderton, PA. and the Palace Theatre (now a store) in Quakertown, PA.
The name was changed name to Valley Theatre in the 1960’s when interior was ‘updated’ to 1960’s decor. The Valley closed in March 2004. It was uncertain the theatre would survive, as the auditorium ceiling started to collapse because of the need for roof repair. In August 2004, there were new owners who set about to restore the theatre. The auditorium’s original tin ceilings were reproduced, and the wood was restored. In the lobby, more tin was found behind the dropped ceiling.
The theater, now known as the Grand Theater again, has been restored to its 1924 appearance and reopened July 29, 2005. It features second-run movies with Dolby Surround 7.1 sound, classic movies, concerts and other live performances.
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