Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Carlisle Theatre
Walking Tour Stop 13
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
Now used for independent films and the performing arts, the Carlisle Theatre is one of the principal forces behind the revitalization of downtown Carlisle.
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1939.
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. Marker is east of Pitt Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 W High Street, Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Shell and Be Damned (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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 881 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on February 13, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.