39 Frederick Street,
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Hanover Theater (Official)
Firms: Gemmill & Billmeyer
Previous Names: State Theatre
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Originally known as the State Theatre, this theatre opened September 28, 1928 with William Haines in “Excess Baggage” and Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy in “Should Married Men Go Home?”. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 8 rank pipe organ which was opened by organist E. Wayne Klaiss.
In the 1940’s the State Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. From 1950 the State Theatre was operated by William Goldman Theaters Inc. who closed the theatre on February 1, 1965. It became a teen club & performance space. It was given a lavish makeover in 1965 when the ticket booth from the Park Theatre (aka Hanover Opera Theater) was installed, the original seats were replaced with new seats, the auditorium’s walls were covered with sound proofing fabric, and the theatre was renamed Hanover Theatre, again operated by William Goldman Theaters Inc. opening on May 14, 1965 with Richard Widmark in “Cheyenne Autumn”. It was sold to Fox Theatres (Reading PA) and was closed on August 30, 1984.
It was sold to antique dealers. Purchased in October 2007 by a private group of individuals who were planning to restore and reopen the theatre as a performing arts center. Sadly this never happened and the theatre building sits vacant and ‘For Sale’ in 2019.
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