West Shore Theatre

317 Bridge Street,
New Cumberland, PA 17070

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Architects: William Harold Lee

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (First Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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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 22, 1940 with Lew Ayers in “The Secret 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 panelling 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 July 16, 2015 due to the owner retiring, with an asking price $449,500. It was sold and closed February 14, 2018. A non-profit organization renovated the theatre and it reopened on May 7, 2022 with a reduced capacity of 250-seats.

Contributed by Jonathan M. Crist, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 45 comments)

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.

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.

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.

Patsy on February 15, 2018 at 11:20 am


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.


drwily1000 on January 15, 2022 at 9:12 am



Patsy on January 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

Wonderful to know! Keep us posted.

rivest266 on May 25, 2024 at 5:06 pm

The latest street view looks like it has new eletronic poster frames and LED lighting. Grand opening ad: West Shore Theatre openingWest Shore Theatre opening 22 Jan 1940, Mon The Evening News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com

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