Elizabeth Grand Theatre

207 Second Avenue
Elizabeth, PA 15037


Although there is precious little history on paper or in photos regarding the Grand Theatre, we do know that it was originally built as a Vaudeville Showhouse in 1902. In later years the showhouse was converted to a movie theatre that began showing silent movies, then "talkies", and lastly the big screen movies we know today. The Grand Theatre was known locally as the "Show", with different features each week as advertised in the poster windows located outside.

The façade was quite elaborate with a large canopy under a tall vertical sign displaying the word "GRAND". The Art Deco design around the main entry doors has small ceramic plates with colorful designs, complimenting the unusual brickwork. Once inside, a small lobby with original tile floor, ticket window, and concession stand remain intact. The auditorium once had wrought iron art deco seats on two levels and a large curtain on either side for acoustics. A small projection room sits at the top of the upper seats.

In the late 70's the theatre closed for several years and was then occupied by Calvary Temple Church. The Calvary Temple occupancy was a nationwide trend to buy old theatres and repurpose them for other uses.In 1997 the Kolodziej family purchased the property and have painstakingly restored it back to its original use- a venue for live entertainment, film, and community events.

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