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Good News. The Roxy did receive funds from the federal Covid grant program thus assuring its continued survival at least for awhile. A portion of those funds were just used to redo the surface of its stage flooring - just in time for the local Nutcracker ballet performance last weekend.
I do not believe that Schine ever operated either the Strand or the Palace theatres.
There was a product split evident among the chains in downtown Syracuse in the 50’s and 60’s. Schine (the Paramount and the Eckel) had most of the Universal, most of the Disney, and nearly all of the 20th Fox and about ½ of the UA. RKO (Keiths) had all of the Paramount and all Warner Brothers exclusively. Lowes (the State now Landmark and the Strand) had all of the MGM and ½ of the UA. The product from Columbia got divided up between all three (Schine, RKO and Lowes) but primarily played Schine and Lowes.
According to published reports the Harrisburg Mall has received a demolition permit to take down the 14 screen theatre along with two former anchor stores.
You can’t make this stuff up.
BTW … there is a picture of the new marquee in this article
There was only ever one drive-in in Bath Pennsylvania. It was located along Route 512 on the right side about ¼ mile north. The remanants of both the boxoffice and screen tower are still visible there. I do not know the name but believe it may have been identified as http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/23079 but that listing is not the correct location.
I believe the owner of the Roxy is applying for the federal Covid grant program for performance venues, museums and independent theatres.
The prior organ and its chambers were removed to make room for the installation of the Allen organ from the State in Eastson. That Allen organ has been installed and is now in use at the Roxy.
New Owner has granted the Haars family a 10 year lease so the Drive In is safe for now. https://www.pennlive.com/life/2021/04/businessmans-emotional-purchase-will-allow-haars-drive-in-to-keep-making-memories-for-area-residents.html
The Harrisburg Mall as landlord has once again filed a lawsuit for back rent…. this time seeking 557k in unpaid rent which has not been paid since the pandemic hit.
The entire Allen organ (including all 36 of its speakers)removed from the State Theatre in Easton Pennsylvania has now been installed at the Roxy in Northampton Pennsylvania. The sound is incredible! The prior organ and all of its piping was removed. The stage has also been widened to allow more live performances.
The Leitersburg Cinemas were sold to New Vision Cinemas in January 2019. The theatres closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19. New Vision Cinemas filed bankruptcy on July 06, 2020. The buildings and 18 acres of real estate was sold in bankruptcy foreclosure auction on October 23, 2020. https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/leitersburg-cinemas-property-sold-at-auction/article_62f2ed4b-06cf-5081-80f5-0223dece9065.html
Auction of theatre fixtures was held on Monday October 26, 2020.
Mark this one closed for good.
According to the website for the Cumberland Drive In in Newville PA (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/9463) Donn Mowery took the insurance proceeds from the Newville Theatre fire and used them to build the Cumberland Drive In … which is still operating to this day.
AMC joins Regal in further pushing back re-opening:
Floating Cinema with ‘social distancing boats’ coming to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/07/floating-cinema-with-social-distancing-boats-coming-to-pa.html
Inquiring minds want to know:
1) Might it possibly be nicknamed: “The Dive In”?
2) Will customers have to wear masks?
3) Will there be a lifeguard on duty?
4) Will they run the classic “Pic Mosquito Coil” snipe? (They are going to need something much more heavy duty than a Pic Coil for the dive bombing swarms of mosquitoes and gnats found along the rivers in Pittsburgh)
5) Will they remind patrons that Pennsylvania has a boating while intoxicated law?
Movie theatre giants going to court to force New Jersey to allow them to reopen:
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was not first released in the United States until Christmas of 1967 (and that was only limited big city markets). Ad is most likely from 1968.
The great white way will remain dark at least until the end of this calendar year:
How do you define irony: a Chinese virus bringing down a Chinese owned movie chain: AMC Theatres has ‘substantial doubt’ it can remain in business.
According to its facebook page this theatre is now permanently closed due to the effects of the Coronapocalypse.
First time for 70MM at Radio City
Mark this one closed for good as of December 31, 2019. Being turned into medical clinic offices for Penn State Hershey Health.
Opened in May 1999 with “Star Wars Episode I” the Cocoaplex was seven tiny auditoriums crammed into the corners and perimeter of a former 10,000 square foot A&P Grocery (later then an Ace Hardware)Store. Patrons sitting in the front rows could spit and hit the screens. The Cocoaplex always struggled to attract patrons – which was good since its undersized restrooms would not have been able to handle it had there been any decent sized crowds.
On February 7, 1941 Wilmer & Vincent re-opened the former ‘New Arcadia’ (before that it was known as the Princess and before that the Crescent)as a western action house with Gene Autry in Ridin' On A Rainbow' with Smiley Burnette. The Ritz closed on September 26, 1951 with “The Hills of Utah' also starring Gene Autry.
Giant Food Stores bought the Drive In and adjacent Auction House property from the Haar’s family heirs in 2003 for 2.9 Million Dollars which came with a long term leaseback back to the Haar’s family to operate the Drive In. Giant Foods overpaid to keep Walmart out since Giant Foods had just opened a brand food store adjacent to the Drive In. Walmart subsequently found a nearby tract on which to build ….. which is why the Drive In in now listed for sale by Giant Foods. The asking price is 2.2 Million. If the Haars family cares that much why dont they repurchase?
There is already a Change.org petition called “Save Haars Drive-Movie Theatre”
More Info from the archives of the Hummelstown Historical Society.
The theatre at 25 W. Main Street in Hummelstown was built for silent pictures in either 1904 or 1905 by Benjamin Bombgardner of Middletown. It was originally called the Star Theatre.
With the advent of sound pictures it was upgraded and became known as the Royal Theatre.
Sometime around 1951 the owners acquired a second hand used marquee from another theatre called the Standard Theatre. So when the used marquee was placed on the Royal it then became the Standard Theatre.
According to the Historical Society the theatre closed in 1976 when it was purchased by Skip Smith as an antique shop for his daughter.
According to the Hummelstown Historical Society the Standard Theatre was originally called the “Royal Theatre” and was located at 25 W. Main Street in Hummelstown PA. When it became the Standard Theatre is unknown.
The theatre building and the next door buidling at 29 W. Main were then purchased and joined together to become what is now known as Kirman Eye.