Newtown Theatre - Newtown, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 40° 13.846 W 074° 56.198
18T E 505390 N 4453372
Quick Description: These bricks are sold to help restore, and preserve the nations oldest movie theatre, by preserving business names, or that of a loved one, or commemorate an event. The bricks are all over the front of this place, everywhere.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2010 6:07:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM8V1D
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
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Long Description:

These donated pavers are being actively sold to raise money for the perpetual renovation and upkeep of the movie theatre. Movies are expensive, this playhouse is small so the theatre isn't a cash cow. The place is definitely a throw back to the early 20th century. Each brick is a statement from the community: We want our history preserved and protected!


The Newtown Theatre has an extensive history dating back to 1831. It is, in fact, the oldest movie theater in the United States with it's first movie being shown in 1906. Originally built to be a hall for town gatherings and a "non sectarian" church for traveling ministers, it soon became a center of entertainment in Newtown.

By the early 1850's the "Newtown Hall" (As it was then called) was used regularly for performances. These ranged from social dances to concerts, to theatrical productions, and magic lantern shows . In 1883, the building was reconstructed, larger than the first, and designed with stage performances in mind. However, a fire escape from the balcony was not added until 1904.

In 1906 the first movie was shown. In 1936, the interior of the building was redone and new equipment was purchased to enhance the movie-going experience. With the coming of Television and modern movies, Newtown Hall movies were becoming outdated. Rescued in 1953 by the Newtown Community Welfare Council, who now serve as trustees, the little theatre survives complete with the flavor and posters of a bygone era. In 1972, Amos Farruggio, a movie buff and licensed projectionist, rented the hall from the Council, spruced it up, and kept the theatre alive in Newtown until his death. The theatre was then ably run by his wife, Mrs. Farruggio until her death in June of 2005.

Change came again to the theatre on April 29, 1999 when after years of use one of the Theatres old Carbon Arc lamps broke, and the old two projector system was rearranged to accommodate a newer xenon lamp system, and a platter, no longer will the projectionist have to change from machine to machine every 20 minutes, but all things being equal, the original flavor of the theatre still remains.

The old play props are now covered with dust behind the screen at the Newtown Theatre, relics of another era...

The theatre had Air Conditioning installed in 2002 for the Gala showing of "Signs" that was filmed in part in Newtown. The theatre now has upgraded sound with the installation of Sony SDDS and DTS, and recently updated the older optical sound system to a Red Light Reader to accommodate the newer film formats.

Visit HERE to see the brick selling campaign website. They are still selling bricks.

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Name of Display: Newtown Theatre Buy a Brick Campaign

Approximate number of bricks in display: 159

Name on One Brick: Newell Family 2002

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