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"New" State Theatre
Grand Opening, c. September 1939

Photo above courtesy of Eleanor Nealy, Trainer, PA


Photos from the September 1939 issure of The Delaware County Advocate, founded by John Spencer in 1868 as a weekly newspaper. Published as a monthly picture magazine since August, 1938, by John Spencer, Inc. 8th & Sproul Sts., Chester
courtesy of Frank DeMaio

"Chester turned out a creditable first night crowd of 2800 people for the opening of the new State Theatre last month. The new. building, on the site of the old State Theatre and the still older Opera House, has a tasteful, modern exterior and a luxurious marble-paneled lobby inside. It seats 750 people downstairs and 250 in the balcony."


"Oldest patron, Mrs. Sally Aiken, 90, and Mayor Clifford Peoples at box office.."

"Joseph Zomick, 13, was first in line to buy his ticket from pretty Edith Hefflefinger."


2003 John A. Bullock III.
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