Madera Theatre

Main Street,
Madera, PA 16661

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Previous Names: Liberty Theatre

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Madera Theatre

Apparently opened in 1921 or 1922. The Clearfield Progress reported the following on November 19, 1921: CLEARFIELD PROGRESS, Clearfield, PA, November 10, 1921


Oscar Lawhead Falls To Death From Scaffold On New Theatre Building At Madera


Dies Despite Attempt Of Physicians To Save His Life - Brother Workman Also Hurt

Oscar Lawhead, aged 34 years, and son of Milton Lawhead of Hyde City, formerly of Clearfield, died in the Cottage State Hospital at Philipsburg at 1:55 o'clock Wednesday afternoon as the result of injuries received in a fall from a scaffold at the new Liberty Theatre building in Madera.

Chain Gives Way

The deceased, who was a plasterer by trade, in company with his nephew, John Lawhead, was working from a swinging scaffold plastering the ceiling of the theatre building. A link in the chain supporting one end of the scaffold gave way and when the end dropped down the men were dropped to the concrete floor below, a distance of about forty feet.

It is believed that the theatre closed permanently about 30 years later and has since been known as the Madera Theater. As early as July 3, 1952 the Madera Girl Scout Troop was holding a bake sale in the Novelty Shop at the “Madera Theater Building” and likewise by 1961 surplus food was being distributed at the “Madera Theatre Building”. The theatre remains closed but to the best of our knowledge the building has not been demolished.

Contributed by Gary Nance
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