Dallas Theatre

18 E. Main Street,
Dallastown, PA 17313

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Mikale on July 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Sad to report I walked past it tonight and looked in the windows and its been completely gutted.

LNewnam on August 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I went to the Dallas many times in the mid 1960s and saw great B grade monster and sci fi movies like First Men in the Moon, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Crack in the World and a lot of Vincent Price, Mummy and Creature movies. For the better movies, like James Bond or Jerry Lewis films, we went into York to the Capitol or Strand. The Dallas was great, though – very kid oriented. Every Christmas they gave out a small box of chocolates and an orange. It was a happening place on Friday nights for a 10 year old. As far as I can recall, it stayed open well into the 70s. I learned to love movies here.

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on September 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Does anyone know the status of the theater was it bought at auction?

randytheicon on May 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

The Dallas WAS open for a while circa 1999-2000. Saw “Rocky Horror” there three times in mid-2000. This is indeed a lovely theatre; sad to see it couldn’t be kept running.

Jacker on April 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Mr and mrs. Hunt please e-mail me @ very interested. Please send pics and info! I am in NY looking to purchase a hometown cinema.

donutman on April 5, 2010 at 9:29 am

anyone interested in attending the auction or open house contact us through our myspace

donutman on April 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

I also wanted to thank everyone here for their kind comments,a brand new movie costs between 50 and 60 percent of ticket sales,which isn’t too expensive as long as you’re doing well on concession sales,the problem we ran into was this:kids movies that we showed on opening night did great,but kids movies don’t always get released every week,so sometimes we had to show either a kids movie that was 3 or 4 weeks old or a non-kids movie,on those nights attendance was bad,had I had a 2nd job we’d still be open for business,but the theater was my family’s only income,and I worked 6 days a week and didn’t have time for a 2nd job,this place is great for a family with more than one income

donutman on April 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

Hi Everyone,
I’m Bill,the current owner of the Dallas Theater…sadly the theater is going up for auction Wednesday April 28th at 5pm,we’re having an open house Sunday April 18th from 2pm to 4pm…I would LOVE to see someone buy this who loves old theaters but rumor is that it’s about to become a gym or a church or a parking lot…
so whoever wants to save old theaters this is your chance

we tried to keep it going as long as we could,we’re not rich people and we just ran out of money

dschmeink on December 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

That’s a shame….how much does cost to actually GET a 1st-run movie to show at a theatre? I wouldn’t think people would show up to watch 2nd-run movies. They want to see them as soon as they’re out.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I ECHO the same statement, movies 10063.

movies10063 on December 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Reading that article saddens me here were a couple that put their hear soul and life savings into this thing and couldnt make it work I wish them both the best and hope they can put their lives back together. If they were a failing bank or car company the govenment would bail them out. So much for small businessmen.

danpetitpas on December 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

This is a more revealing article about what went wrong. Read it at
York Weekend.

TLSLOEWS on December 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm

A single screen downtown theatre does not have much chance of making it. I do not think that a multi-plex could make it.Thats a sign of the times I'am afraid.

CSWalczak on December 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

This theater has closed; article here: http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_13906799

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on August 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Stoped by the theatre Saturday, Bill and Tina were very nice they had no problem with me taking alot of pictures, Bill showed me the auditorium (show was under way)very nice! the lobby still retains the great look of years ago,tin ceiling,stain glass windows, lighting fixtures and mosaic tile flooring.They do have a cinema treasure here!

kencmcintyre on July 21, 2008 at 11:06 am

Good luck with the operation, and lots of success.

donutman on July 21, 2008 at 10:35 am

Hi everyone,
my wife and I are the new owners of the Dallas Theatre,we bought it about 3 months ago
we added some vintage movie posters in the lobby as well as in the auditorium
we’re now open 6 days a week (closed Thursdays) and show 1st run movies and we also show classic movies at midnight on weekends
we’re trying to make this a fun and nostalgic theatre to bring family and friends to
we’re hoping to buy a few more theatres in the future as well as build or buy a drive-in theatre or two as well
we’ll be adding pictures of the Dallas here very soon
thanks for the interest in our little theatre
and God bless,
Bill and Tina Hunt

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2007 at 10:01 pm

$124,500! I can do that. Have to ask the wife, though:

longislandmovies on November 29, 2007 at 1:24 am

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Marcel on April 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

James, I rode through Dallastown this past weekend. It’s great to see the theater open again and it looks great. I want to come up some night and check out a movie. With all the theaters closing, this is a nice change of pace. Best Wishes,

mikechopragant on February 1, 2007 at 5:20 am

James, I’d be very interested in hearing from you if you have any box office ledgers or publicity materials relating to the theatre during the 1940s and 50s

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 20, 2005 at 6:53 am

Film Daily Yearbook;1941 & 1943 editions list two theatres in Dallastown, PA: Auditorium Theatre seating 350 and the Lyric Theatre seating 300. Which one of these was the current Dallas Theatre?

The 1950 edition of F.D.Y. lists the Dallas Theatre, Main Street, Dallastown, PA with 500 seats.

James;Best Wishes on the future of the Dallas Theatre, I wish you every success with this venture.