Coudersport Theatre

11 N. Main Street,
Coudersport, PA 16915

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EdithLMWingate on September 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I have not had time to find out any thing but will do so in the next couple of days. Edith

Patsy on September 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm

A theatre that closes off the balcony is usually done when it is twinned so I really don’t understand why this theatre would close off or seal off the balcony.

EdithLMWingate on September 24, 2007 at 12:56 pm

I really do not know if the balcony has been removed but I will try to find out for you. There is a Coudersport Historical Society in Coudersport and Robert Currin, curator, may know. The web site is The address is Potter County Historical Society, 308 N. Main Steet, P.O.Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915. John Regis is not available to ask.
I was just there for my 50 year class reunion on Sept.15th but did not go to the theatre.
Edith L.M. Wingate

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Mike (saps) on September 21, 2007 at 1:09 pm

The theater’s website says there are 276 seats. They closed the balcony in 1975 and it has since been removed. (I wonder if they removed it or just sealed it off.)

Patsy on August 27, 2007 at 11:31 am

You are very welcome Edith. Have a good day!

EdithLMWingate on August 27, 2007 at 11:23 am

Hi Pasty, Thank you for the information & site about the Coudersport theatre. One of these days when I can get the time I am going to try & find some pictures taken in the 1950,s that I believe have pictures of the theatre. Carol Shalkowski Predmore is a person who was in my high school class. She worked at the theatre in the 1950’s. We both Graduated together. I also graduated with a Julia Kolat who may be related to the gentleman in one of the pictures. In fact Carol & Julia may be related to the people in the pictures. Again thank you. Edith

EdithLMWingate on June 24, 2007 at 2:55 am

I love the close up view of the Coudersport Theater posted by Lost Memory on May 11, 2007. I believe the little shop shown next door is a small watch & jewelery repair shop but I am not positive. Lost Memory do you happen to live in Coudersport or the surrounding area? Just curious. I sure enjoyed the theatre when I was a teen. Such a long time ago. Do any of you happen to know what happened to the drive in theatre outside of town going toward Roulette & Port Allegany? I do not remember the name of it but we had a lot of fun going there about 1955—1956. Edith L. McIntosh Wingate

Patsy on April 30, 2007 at 9:54 am

Edith: No, I am not from the Coudersport or surrounding area.

EdithLMWingate on April 30, 2007 at 8:55 am

Pasty, Thank you for the welcome. Are you from Coudersport or surrounding area? Reason I ask is I wonder if we may know each other. Would be nice. Again thank you for your welcome. Edith

Patsy on April 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Edith: So pleased that you found Cinema Treasures as it is a great site for those of us who love the old cinemas. Welcome.

EdithLMWingate on April 26, 2007 at 2:44 am

I am happy I found this site. Between 1954 & 1957 I use to attend this theater. We lived on a farm near Sweden Valley. My Mom would take me, my sister & our friends to the theater on Saturday afternoons. It was only 25 cents to go in so a dollar went a long way. We moved into town(Coudersport)& the theater was a block away. My Dad owned Mac’s Body & Repair Shop. We lived above it in an apartment that he built. Then the theater was just around the corner. I would get 50 cents from my Mom & then get 50 cents from Dad to go see the movie. I worked for Bruzzi Cleaners right next door. Neither building is there anymore but the memories of the fun I had going thru my teen years in Coudersport & going to the theater are still with me. The school was just across the street from where we lived so there was no skipping school. I will see if I can find some pictures of the theater & send them to you. I am now 67 & live in Round Rock,TX with my daughter, granddaughter, greatgrand daughter & a friend.

Patsy on April 25, 2007 at 8:01 am

Lost Memory: Thanks for the GREAT photo!

Patsy on March 1, 2007 at 7:55 am

It’s always fun to see and read about this quaint PA small town theatre. The summer photo with the flower boxes is just plain quaintness at its best.

longislandmovies on September 6, 2006 at 3:41 pm

Thanks ……….great curtain.

longislandmovies on September 6, 2006 at 3:23 pm

great looking theater ……more pics please/

TedRapchick on September 6, 2006 at 3:17 pm

What happened to my rather lengthly comments of August 30th or 31st of this year???
Sincerely, Tedorka.

Patsy on May 5, 2006 at 2:36 am

I love this PA theatre especially the front doors that were never changed or modernized, thank goodness! Congrats to that community for saving a cinema gem! Other community leaders should take notice!

ErikH on February 20, 2006 at 11:49 am

While it is good to hear that a small country movie house has been well maintained and preserved, I think this story needs to be put in context. The Rigas family was brought down by one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history; John Rigas and at least one of his sons are facing lengthy prison terms, essentially for treating Adelphia Communications, the cable company that John Rigas founded, as their personal piggy bank.

Coudersport was the beneficiary of considerable largesse from the Rigases over the years, and the source of much of that generosity was derived from funds that were illegally diverted by the Rigases from Adelphia. I wouldn’t be surprised if this theatre was kept afloat and preserved, at least in part, due to illegally diverted funds.

ERD on February 9, 2006 at 4:12 pm

It is wonderful to know there still are small independent theatres such as the Courdersport surviving in small American towns. I wish the theatre countless years of success.

Patsy on January 21, 2006 at 4:17 pm

ken: What a lovely photo of a quaint theatre in a PA town that refers to their theatre as a small town treasure. Very nice.

Patsy on December 19, 2004 at 5:57 pm

“Small town treasure” it certainly is and the folks of Coudersport PA can be very proud of themselves. The front doors are very unusual with their half circle windows. And I sure wish more small town communities could boast about their theatres, too.

richardg on April 18, 2004 at 11:12 am

I first saw this theatre’s exterior a few years ago and again drove by it in April, 2004. I got all excited that I’d finally see the inside of the theatre because according to the marquee a Sunday matinee was playing. No such luck, either the matinee had just finished or no one showed up and the matinee was cancelled. I can, however, state that the exterior looks exactly like the picture. If the inside is as nice as the outside, it will definitely be worth another try to see the inside.