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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Carlisle Theatre

Walking Tour Stop 13

 
 
The Carlisle Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2009
1. The Carlisle Theatre Marker
Inscription. The Carlisle Theatre, originally called The Comerford, opened its doors in May of 1939. It was by far the grandest of three movie “palaces” all within a block of one another and was the first centrally air conditioned building in Carlisle.

The Theatre was built in the Art Deco style known as “streamlined moderne.” From the razzle-dazzle modernistic marquee with its bold Deco lettering, to the richly designed interior, Art Deco styling abounds.

During its early years, the Theatre offered daily continuous shows from 2:30 until 11:30 P.M. The matinee price for adults was 25 cents and the evening price 40 cents. The Theatre flourished through the 1960's, acting as the “hub” of a vibrant downtown. With the advent of cineplexes, the Theatre entered a state of decline in the 1970's, eventually closing in 1986.

In response to a desire to see the Theatre reopened as an anchor to a changing and revitalized downtown, a group of citizens formed the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, Inc. in 1990. A fundraising effort was launched and the Theatre was purchased in 1991. After thousands of hours donated by a skilled volunteer workforce, the Theatre was restored to its 1930's Art Deco brilliance and reopened in 1993.

Now used for independent films and the performing
The Carlisle Theatre and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2009
2. The Carlisle Theatre and Marker
Marker is on pedestal between doors to theater.
arts, the Carlisle Theatre is one of the principal forces behind the revitalization of downtown Carlisle.
 
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 12.089′ N, 77° 11.457′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on High Street (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is east of Pitt Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 W. High Street, Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carlisle Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Prelude to Gettysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlisle's 250th Anniversary Mural (within shouting distance of this marker); Centenary Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Cumberland County Historical Society & Hamilton Library Association (within shouting distance of this marker); James Wilson (within shouting distance of this marker); The High Street Train Stations (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim Thorpe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Carlisle Theatre. (Submitted on February 13, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Historic Carlisle Inc. - recognizing and promoting the history of Carlisle, PA. (Submitted on February 27, 2009, by Alan Duxbury of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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