716 Hamilton Street,
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Previous Names: Majestic Amusement Parlor, Nickelet Theatre
The Majestic Amusement parlor opened April 14, 1906. It was renamed Nickelet Theatre on May 4, 1907. On May 2, 1910 it became the Victor Theatre. It was an early Nickelodeon style theatre that was inserted into a mid-nineteenth century structure at 716 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA. in the early days of theatre construction. From what I have been told by a senior citizen relative, you entered through a narrow entry located on either side of a ticket booth, and came in under the screen. This person says that there was always a large cat on the premises to help control the theatre’s rat population which you often felt running around at your feet during shows.
The Victor Theatre was closed around 1937. The building was absorbed, along with the adjoining buildings, into one large structure that was modernized for the headquarters of Lehigh Portland Cement.
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