Embassy Theatre

416 Main Street,
Johnstown, PA 15901

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Trolleyguy on April 2, 2020 at 10:53 am

I added a 1954 street view in Photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2019 at 1:54 am

The September 7, 1918 issue of The Moving Picture World noted a planned expansion of the Nemo Theatre: “L. W. Barclay, of the Grand Amusement Co., Johnstown, Pa., [says] that the Nemo will be shut down to permit a balcony to be built, adding materially to the capacity of this house, which already seats 1,000.”

39Tale on May 27, 2018 at 9:48 am

I would regularly attend movies at the Embassy, or the nearby State Theater, in the 1970s. I saw Santa Claus Conquers the Martians at one of them with my dad in 1971. It remains one of those childhood faves for me.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm

This information about the Embassy Theatre is from a PDF published by the Historic American Buildings Survey (link):

“Most of the Main Street theaters were operated by the Panagotacos family. The Panagotacos bought the Presbyterian Church at 416 Main St. In 1912, when the congregation moved to a new building at the corner of Lincoln and Walnut streets. Rather than demolish the church (which had some sentimental value, albeit of a grisly nature, since it had served as a morgue following the 1889 flood), the family built a new facade and marquee over the existing building. The Presbyterian Church thus became the Nemo Theater, This was the longest lived of the Main Street theaters—as the Embassy Theater, it showed movies until summer 1988.”

DavidZornig on August 22, 2017 at 9:17 pm

July 1977 photo added credit Pat Little, Johnstown Flood.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

Whittle Randy’s book “Johnstown: A History” says that the Embassy Theatre opened in 1913 as the Nemo Theatre.

RvB on August 21, 2011 at 1:15 am

Good exterior shots of this theater in the parade scenes of the 1977 movie Slap Shot with Paul Newman. The marquee has a double bill of Deep Throat and something called Meatball.