Friday, March 8, 2013

Save the Carlisle Theatre

Photo-Cumberland County Historical Society
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.  Although it closed in the 1960's, it was revived in the 1990's as the Carlisle Performing Arts Centre and is used as a focal point for films, performing arts, concerts, and community events.

Like many other small town historic theatres, our Carlisle Theatre needs a digital refresher and the financial assistance of all by helping with the Save the Carlisle Theatre Capital Campaign.

Come experience the old theatre at  two of the great fund-raising events:
Comedy Explosion, Saturday, April 13
The Capitol Steps, Saturday, June 1

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