Alvina Krause Theatre

226 Center Street,
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Comerford Theaters Inc., Publix Theaters Corporation

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Columbia Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 570.784.8181

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Alvina Krause Theatre

The Columbia Theatre was opened by Comerford Publix Theatres on November 14, 1940 with Roy Rogers in “Young Bill Hickok”. It was closed in 1981.

In 1978, after two years of studying with Alvina Krause, the legendary teacher of theatre, a group of young artists decided to put down roots in the town of Bloomsburg and start a theatre. Thus began the nonprofit Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble which in 1980 purchased the 625-seat Columbia Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg. The old movie theatre maintains most of its original and unusual marquee.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Patsy on February 11, 2005 at 12:15 pm

You can buy a print of the theatre at this link:

richardg on February 11, 2005 at 8:01 pm

I saw this theatre in 1998 and the marquee is quite impressive. The floor has been leveled and seating capacity greatly reduced. The present seating is now stadium style.

movietime on January 17, 2007 at 6:49 pm

The marquee was more impressive when the much larger ‘Columbia’ was still part of the marquee.

codeman2008 on June 7, 2007 at 7:36 pm

The theatre currently has 350 seats.

Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on February 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Listed as a Comerford-Publix theater in the 1945-46 International Motion Picture Almanac.

rivest266 on April 25, 2022 at 1:43 pm

Another Columbia theatre was opened in Bloomsburg on September 25th, 1908-and its listings ended in 1930

rivest266 on April 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Closed as a full-time cinema in 1981.

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