Hill Theatre

2131 Market Street,
Camp Hill, PA 17011

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Previously operated by: Chertcoff

Architects: William Lynch Murray

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The Hill Theatre was opened February 19, 1947 with Dennis Morgan in “The Time, the Place and the Girl”. It was closed as a regular movie theatre on July 22, 1976 with Geraldine Page in “Hazel’s People”. It went over to screening adult movies.

It has since been demolished and the site is used as a parking lot for the adjacent Cornerstone Coffeehouse.

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Ross Care
Ross Care on February 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

The Hill, along with the Uptown in Harrisburg, were two of the newest theaters in the Harrisburg area circa the 1950s. Probably the last new neighborhood theaters before shopping malls changed everything.
My parents took me to theaters all over the Harrisburg/West Shore area and I remember the Hill as a very nice one. It was a single building set back from the street and there was a parking lot to the left of it. There was a roomy lobby/entrance (as I recall) and a downstairs lounge reached by a stairway at the back of the auditorium. I remember everything about the theater as being new, modern (as opposed to theaters like the Colonial), and attractive.
Later I got to know theaters in York, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.
Would love to see those scrapbooks too, but I’m no longer in the area.

JohnMessick on February 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Looking forward to you placing your photos on your blog. I hope it is soon.

Ross Care
Ross Care on February 10, 2010 at 12:25 am

I’m working on this. I just submitted an entry on the Rio.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Harry Chertcoff address in 1956 was 419 E.king st. Lancaster,Pa. dennis.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm

The February 19, 1947, issue of the Harrisburg Evening News said that Harry Chertcoff’s new Hill Theatre in Camp Hill would open that night. The Hill Theatre was designed by architect William Lynch Murray.

Camphillian on April 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

What a great, beautiful theater it was in its heyday. Dark red use of color, like a royal palace interior. Use to go there as a kid, saw lots of Kurt Russell Disney films, Superdad, The Shining, Zeppelin and even Nicholas and Alexandra shown in the phone above. When they tore it down, a little bit of my childhood died.

coopermcboo on September 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

I grew up in Camp Hill and saw every kid movie that played here from 1960 on… I’m wondering if somewhere, somehow there might be a list of what movies played and when? I realize this is a shout-out to cyberspace, but if anyone knows if there is one and point me in the right direction, I’d appreciate it.

I have a very specific memory of being jealous that my older brother got to go see “House on Haunted Hill” and I was too young to go with him. Although the film was released in 1959, I’m thinking he saw it in 1960 or 61… at the Hill.

…. and thanks.

Globetrekker on December 20, 2017 at 3:21 am

Does anyone remember when the Hill closed? Isn’t there a Rite Aid there now?

DavidZornig on November 5, 2019 at 3:53 am

Cornerstone Coffeehouse is the current tenant.

dallasmovietheaters on June 30, 2020 at 11:01 am

The Chetco Chain Theatre Circuit launched the Hill Theatre on February 19, 1947 with Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson in “The Time, the Place, and the Girl.” The streamline moderne theatre was one of twelve operated by Harry Chertcoff’s chain. The theatre appears to have closed on July 22, 1976 with Geraldine Page in “Hazel’s People” likely at the end of.a 30-year lease.

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