Columbia Theater

82 W. State Street,
Sharon, PA 16146

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Columbia Theater

The Columbia Theater was opened on November 29, 1922, with 1,732 seats. A local group the Vocal Hall of Fame Foundation has purchased the theatre and is renovating/restoring it to be a performing arts venue, despite difficulty obtaining grants.

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milanp on December 28, 2010 at 7:55 am

A great old theater that’s sorely missed. Unfortunately, I only had the privilege of going there once—for “Mandingo” in May 1975.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation has a web site with pages about the history of the Columbia Theatre and about the restoration work (“The Museum” link) that is still underway.

spectrum on January 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm

The direct link to their theatre page is here: It looks like renovations are continuing despite some fundraising challenges; the main auditorium theatre dome has been replastered.

Patsy on January 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Great to read that the auditorium dome has been replastered. Hope to read more positive updates!

Patsy on January 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

The dome is exactly like the restored dome in the Hollywood Theatre/Gowanda NY.

DavidZornig on May 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

Three January 29, 1981 fire photos added courtesy Rich Grimm. “Hanger 18” was on the marquee.

Patsy on May 15, 2019 at 11:57 am

Is this theatre finally restored and reopened? Thought Sharon PA resident,Tony .. of The Letterman was launching the effort.

DavidZornig on May 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm

April 21, 1926 flyer added courtesy Brian Reiser‎. Management Columbia Amusement Co., Erie, Pa. Resident Manager: J.C. Fisher

Patsy on May 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Any updated information would be greatly appreciated. Is the Vocal Hall of Fame Foundation and Tony Butala still involved? Today I reached out to him via FB.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm

They are still interested in restoring the theatre, but their website says nothing will happen unless they can get some grants for it.

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