Do you remember some of the older local movie theaters?

This photo from the York Daily Record/Sunday News archives shows the Dallas Theatre in Dallastown before its reopening in 2005. Unfortunately, it’s since closed again (this time in 2009). The theater was originally built in 1927 and first showed silent films.

This question comes from my brother-in-law Mike.

“How many people remember all the movie theaters in the downtown area? We had the Strand and the Capital in the downtown area, we had the Highway Theater in the west end and the Holiday Theater in the east end and the Southern Theater in the south end where I grew up.”

He adds, “We also had a few drive-in theaters in the area back in the 60s. We had the Stonybrook in the east end, the Lincoln Highway Drive-In in the west end, and the Trail Drive-In in the south end near Loganville.”

He doesn’t mention it – maybe because it’s still open – but if you head north, there’s Haar’s Drive-In, which I actually grew up going to, and which my daughter goes to on occasion!

Do you guys remember these movie theaters? What about other ones? For instance, I know there were small theaters in Dallastown and in Stewartstown… I’m sure there were many more in the other towns around the county that I don’t know about!

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5 Responses to Do you remember some of the older local movie theaters?

  1. Ivan Spahr says:

    The Roxy and the Ritz were downtown on West Market and South George Street but I can’t remember which was where.

  2. mary says:

    There was one in Glen Rock and New Freedom

  3. Jim Knaub says:

    There was the Rialto theatre in the second block of West Market st. and the York theater on East Market st in front of the White Rose Skating Rink, this theater eventually was remodeled and became the Holliday Theater. The Ritz was in the first block of South George ST

  4. Jim Knaub says:

    There was the Rialto theatre in the second block of West Market st. and the York theater on East Market st in front of the White Rose Skating Rink, this theater eventually was remodeled and became the Holliday Theater. The Ritz was in the first block of South George ST

  5. Gloria Ehrhart MIller says:

    I remember the Hiway theatre really well. I went there alote in the 1950’s.
    Loved the movies, anything from Elvis to Betty Hutton and more. Only lived
    3 blocks from it. I remember the usher’s names who were really nice guys. You could leave your bikes out front of the movie theatre then. But times have changed.

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