Pennsylvania Attractions January 06, 2017
The Oldest Operating Movie Theater In The Country Is Right Here In Pennsylvania
Embrace the nostalgia of a time long gone when you visit The Newtown Theatre in Bucks County, America’s oldest operating movie theater. The old-fashioned theater promises a charming throwback experience complete with freshly popped popcorn and old black and white movies (from time to time).
Nestled in the Bucks County town of Newtown, the Newtown Theatre, then Newtown Hall, first opened in 1831 with a dual purpose: To serve as a town hall for community gatherings and as a congregation site for traveling priests.
Within a few decades, however, Newtown Hall transitioned into an entertainment center where townspeople would attend magic shows, concerts, plays, dances, and other social events.
Center stage for social activity, Newtown Hall was rebuilt, bigger and better than ever in 1883, complete with a stage for performances.
Then, in 1906, Newtown residents gathered for the first movie showing, marking a poignant moment in town history: Newtown Hall, soon to be Newtown Theater, began its journey to becoming America's oldest continuously operating movie theater.
Breathe in the aroma of freshly popped popcorn as you enter the more than century-old theater.
Then, after purchasing your tickets, enter the auditorium through the grand theater doors.
During its 100-year history, Newtown Theatre changed ownership several times and is now in the care of its trustee, The Newtown Community Welfare Council.
The historic movie theater hosts events throughout the year, including the Black & White Dinner, a fundraising event. Guests bring their own picnic dinner, dress in white and black, and watch a black and white film from Hollywood's Golden Era.
The Newtown Theatre welcomes community members and other theater-goers to become one of its members. Members enjoy such benefits as $5 movies and exclusive members-only events.
Admission prices for non-members include $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors 60 and over, and $7 for children under 13.
120 N State Street
Newtown, PA 18940
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Pennsylvania boasts some of America’s oldest attractions, including The Newtown Theatre, America’s oldest operating movie theater and Bassett’s Ice Cream, the
country’s oldest ice cream shop.