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Arcadia Theater

1994 Photo from the John Lewis collection.
1418 Graham Ave
Windber PA
(814) 467-9070

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Record #27022  
 Opened: May 5, 1921
Capacity: 600 seats
Architect(s): Henry Reinhold; Ralph L Land
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Cinema 56

Information for this tour was contributed by The Arcadia Theater.

The Arcadia Theater, which opened on May 5, 1921, was designed by Henry Reinhold and Ralph L. Land, architects from Philadelphia. The Windber Lumber Company, a subsidiary of Berwind-White Coal Mining Company, built the theater with money donated by a group of stockholders known as the Windber Theater Corporation.

The Arcadia Theater showcased many vaudeville acts as well as silent films and cinema productions before being sold in 1963, and renamed "Cinema 56" that featured adult film material. In 1975 the theater was closed.

However, in 1977, the Penn Wood Players, a local performance group, began to make plans to make the Arcadia their headquarters; but the Johnstown Flood of 1977 left the building damaged too severely to use and the theater was closed again.

In 1989 the Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation purchased the theater in order to restore the once grand Arcadia Theater to its former splendor. The restoration began in 1990 with the building architects using old pictures and the memories of many people for the interior and exterior designs. The intent of the restoration was to make the theater look as it did in 1921.

On October 31, 1998 the Arcadia re-opened its magnificent doors with the production of the "Best of Broadway." With the exception of present day computer technology to control both sound and light systems, the Arcadia Theater has successfully recaptured its original beauty and "magic" with both its appearance and live performances monthly.

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December 1994 photos from the John Lewis collection.

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Last featured 5/13/2007. Last edited 12/25/2009.

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