West Shore Theatre
317 Bridge Street,
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West Shore Theatre (Official)
Architects: William Harold Lee
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The West Shore Theatre is a classic single screen Streamlined Moderne style theatre in the heart of downtown New Cumberland. It is named the West Shore because it is on the west shore of the Susquehanna River, across from Harrisburg.
The West Shore Theatre opened on January 20, 1940 with the movie “The Secret Life of Dr Kildare” and admission of 25 cents for adults, 15 cents for children. The theatre was designed by Philadelphia architect William H. Lee in an Art Moderne style. Interior wall coverings were in an old rose shade. The auditorium was furnished with walnut panelling on the side and rear walls and the ceiling had a hand painted oil painting. The theatre was built with air conditioning.
As of this writing (2008), the theatre has 450 seats, a large movie screen, EX Surround Sound, 50 varieties of candy at its concession stand and inexpensive admission prices. It was equipped with digital projection in 2014.
The West Shore Theatre was put up ‘For Sale’ on 16th July 2015 due to the owner retiring, with an asking price $449,500. It was sold and closed February 14, 2018. A non-profit organization is renovated the theatre and it reopened on May 7, 2022 with a reduced capacity of 250-seats.
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