Reese Theatre

1 Clark Street,
Harrington, DE 19952

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Architects: William Lynch Murray

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Reese Theatre exterior

The Reese Theatre was opened in 1946 and was designed by Harrisburg architect William Lynch Murray. An unusual feature of the building was the provision of a roof garden above the entrance and foyer. In the auditorium, seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. On the outer edges of the balcony were a cry room and a party room, which had plate-glass fronts. On each side of the proscenium were large murals depicting horse-drawn charioteers.

It has been demolished and a bank now sits on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

It’s all sorta confusing!

Anyone have more info, photos or the exact address ot these theaters?

brownie on March 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

i use to deliver the movie bill house to house for reese’s theater.

Karen Reese
Karen Reese on May 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

I’m interested in learning more about this theater as a part of researching family history in the area. Can anyone tell me why this theater was named Reese Theater? Is there a first name associated with ‘Reese’? Was the theater family owned? Are the Reese family members buried at Hollywood Cemetery the same family associated with the theater? Any information at all would be appreciated! Thank you! – Karen Reese

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 22, 2015 at 3:17 am

The 1946 edition of Theatre Catalog states the Reece Theatre was built for Reese Harrington. That could be a misprint and possibly they meant to say a ‘Mr. Reese of Harrington’?

Karen Reese
Karen Reese on May 27, 2015 at 9:25 am

That’s interesting! I think your theory is probably correct; a misprint that should have read “Mr. Reese of Harrington”. Thank you!

drshockley on November 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Reese Harrington is my great uncle. He and his wife, Alta Coffin, owned and operated the theatre.

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