Columbia Theater

82 W. State Street,
Sharon, PA 16146

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Arland W. Johnson

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The Columbia Theater was opened on November 29, 1922, with 1,732 seats. A local group the Vocal Hall of Fame Foundation has purchased the theatre and is renovating/restoring it to be a performing arts venue, despite difficulty obtaining grants.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm

They are still interested in restoring the theatre, but their website says nothing will happen unless they can get some grants for it.

moondoglovesyou on August 26, 2023 at 5:01 am

This theatre has now been demolished and in its place is a park called Columbia Park.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 26, 2023 at 5:29 am

Was it demolished? I can find no articles about this. Columbia Park is where the lobby used to be, but last I saw the auditorium was still there.

Patsy on August 26, 2023 at 7:03 am

The lead singer of The Letterman, Tony Butala was involved with the VHFF and with saving the Columbia? What happened?

Patsy on August 26, 2023 at 7:05 am

And as many know, Tony grew up in Sharon PA area. He and The Letterman performed at Chautauqua Institution several years ago and I met him.

Patsy on August 26, 2023 at 7:08 am

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame & Museum Company Inc. was an American-based hall of fame that honored vocal groups throughout the United States. James E. Winner Jr. was the financial and managing partner of the For-profit corporation known as “The Vocal Group Hall of Fame & Museum Company Inc.

Patsy on August 26, 2023 at 7:09 am

A search of the VHFF and Museum shows it to be .. temporarily closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 26, 2023 at 7:33 am

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame web site is still working, which I doubt would be the case if the auditorium was gone. There is nothing on the web site or anywhere else on the Internet about any demolition. Until somebody provides a reliable source saying that it has been razed, the theater’s status should be listed as closed, restoring, and the VGHF web site’s Columbia Theatre page linked to it.

richardg on October 21, 2023 at 1:59 pm

This summer I telephoned the owner of the Columbia (he now lives in California) and he’s still hopeful that somehow his dream of the museum will happen. There was no talk of demolition.

Patsy on October 21, 2023 at 2:32 pm

Are you speaking of Tony Butula? Lead singer with the Letterman.

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