Community Arts Center
220 W. 4th Street,
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Community Arts Center (Official)
Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.
Firms: Hayes Large Architects
Previous Names: Capitol Theatre
A beautiful, fully restored movie palace combining a blend of architectual flavors including Spanish, English, and Oriental. After its 11 million dollar restoration to the plans of architectural firm Hayes Large Architects, it has become the showplace of Williamsport.
The interior is certainly one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It’s generally used for a wide mix of live performances and some movies. The movies shown are generally the better Hollywood releases and the more popular independent films. It’s just a wonderful theatre in which to see a movie. The only thing lacking is popcorn.
The theatre, originally called the Capitol Theatre with 2,421 seats, was originally part of the Comerford Theaters Inc. chain. In the 1940’s it was part of the Paramount Pictures Inc, operated through their subsidiary Frank Walker. Its last shown movie before closing for renovations was “Driving Miss Daisy”. Admission had been reduced to a buck but it still couldn’t survive.
The Community Arts Center sells a booklet for a modest price which contains countless interior photos during and after the restoration. It’s a must for all theatre enthusiasts. Next to the theatre is a great older hotel called the Genetti. There’s also an excellent brew pub across from the theatre.
Williamsport, “Home of The Little League”, is one of my favorite cities. Check out the Community Arts Center’s web site and take in a concert, show or movie in Williamsport. You’ll have a great time.
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