Cambria Theatre

339 Main Street,
Johnstown, PA 15901

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Previous Names: Adair's Opera House, New Cambria Theatre

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Cambria Theatre

The Adair’s Opera House was opened around 1891. In 1895 it was renamed New Cambria Theatre. Cambria Theatre was operating as a movie theatre by 1929 when it became part of the Warner Bros. Circuit. It was still open in 1950.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

Open 1920-1955?

Anyone have more info or photos?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

From Johnstown a view of southeast Main Street and the Cambria Theatre.

CSWalczak on October 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

There is quite a bit of the Cambria’s early history, especially as a legitimate theater, in Chapter 13: Leisure on p. 25 under on this Google book online page (you may have to scan up to the beginning of Chapter 13):

jaybirdsatx on September 11, 2012 at 4:20 am

I just uploaded a pretty clear photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

The Cambria Theatre was in operation prior to 1894. In that year it was purchased by Isaac Mishler, who rebuilt it and reopened it in 1895 as the New Cambria Theatre.

SethG on August 20, 2021 at 8:26 am

Address is wrong, and this has been demolished. Correct address was 339, and there’s a dismal little office building there now.

SethG on August 20, 2021 at 8:31 am

Looks like the cruddy little shed was being constructed in 2009, so the theater building may have lasted until just before that.

SethG on August 21, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Originally built sometime between 1886 and 1891 as Adair’s Opera House. Given there was a huge flood in 1889, it was likely built shortly afterward. 1895 map still calls it the Adair Opera house. Remodel changed the shape of the balcony, and seems to have eliminated a wide central staircase entry. The storefronts at either side of the entry were also deeper prior to 1913. The history should probably be rewritten for the benefit of those who don’t read all the comments.

robboehm on December 23, 2021 at 1:22 pm

When there were live performances the Cambria attracted the big name artists.

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