Carlisle Theatre

40 W. High Street,
Carlisle, PA 17013

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Architects: Michael J. DeAngelis

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent), Performing Arts

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Comerford Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 717.240.0970
Manager: 717.240.0970

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Carlisle Theatre

Opened May 11, 1939 by the Commerford Theatres chain, the 1,316-seat Commerford Theatre is a classic Art-Deco style movie house. The opening movie was Deanna Durbin in “3 Smart Girls Grow Up”

It was renamed Carlisle Theatre on January 11, 1950 and closed in 1986. It reopened in 1998, the theatre is operated by Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, Inc. a 501©3 non-profit organization run mainly by volunteers. During the fall, winter and spring live shows are presented with foreign and independent films running year-round.

Contributed by Rachel Irwin Shaw

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

Patsy on March 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

If you have interest in cars especially Corvettes you might want to make a trip to Carlisle PA on May 6th for the premier of The Quest. Information can be found at the above site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

Here is an updated link to the article by Helen Kent about the Comerford Theatre, in Boxoffice of August 19, 1939.

TivFan on February 12, 2013 at 5:03 am

Does anybody know anything about a theater, probably a nickelodeon, that was on W. High Street (near the corner of North Pitt)? It was almost straight across the street from the current Carlisle Theatre. The Google street view shows that the portion of this building has been demolished. This theater was in the far easterly portion of the Bolen Building. The Bolen Building is at the corner of W. High & N. Pitt. The first three sections of the building are still standing. The next two sections, (the last/easterly housed the theatre) have been demolished. I have a postcard showing this typical nickelodeon-styled facade. There are also photographs of the Bolen Building showing this facade on the Cumberland County Historical Society website: It certainly looks like a nickelodeon or theater. One photo caption dates the photo as 1936. I doubt if this facade lasted into the 1930’s, but research will tell. There are also two photos of the Carlisle Theatre, as well.

Patsy on April 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I just rec’d a THSA (Theatre Historical Society of America) email telling me that this theatre will premiere a short story movie entitled Palace on May 5th.

Patsy on April 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Anyone in the Carlisle PA area should see this film.

HowardBHaas on August 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Today’s email to their list stated they now have digital projection & a new sound system. Movies this month include “The Way, Way Back” and “The Attack”

Patsy on August 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Good news though I shall miss the reels which “belong” to these types of theatres from a bygone era.

DavidZornig on August 18, 2015 at 3:10 am

Undated showing of “Christine”, photo added courtesy of the 40’s & 50’s American Cars Facebook page.

rivest266 on September 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm

This was renamed Carlisle on January 11th, 1950 and closed in 1986 as a full-time theatre. Started to show movies again in 1998.

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