Main Theatre

16 E. Main Street,
Uniontown, PA 15401

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The independently-operated Main Theatre opened by H.L. McIntyre and R.I. Diffenderfer with the film “Reputation” on August 29, 1921. The silent-era theatre was part of the Exchange Building along with the Exchange Hotel, the Gregory Florist, a basement billiard parlor, Main Billiards, and the Exchange Barber Shop with barbers Spooney Cramer and Frenchie Frare. The Gregory Bros. Circuit took on the theatre and operated to its closure on June 19, 1926 with its final showing of “The Big Show”. Five and dime retailer S.S. Kresge’s took on the Exchange Building forcing the hotel, florist, barber, and theatre out.

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SethG on January 9, 2020 at 1:36 pm

This has been demolished, and is now a parking lot. The hotel was built in 1891 as the Mahaney. Sometime between 1901 and 1907 it became the Exchange, but the 1914 map shows it as the Hotel Fuller. It was a 4-story brick structure filling about 1/3 of the lot, with a rear section filling in the rest. The rear section contained a dining room, and was narrower, presumably to allow light to reach those areas. The 1914 map shows a bar and office occupying most of the front of the ground floor, with only a narrow lobby. It’s unclear where the theater would have fit. I assume Kresge’s actually purchased the lot to demolish the hotel and build a store.

SethG on January 9, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Actually, looking at the picture of the Manos with the soldiers marching past, I think you can see the old hotel in the background. It looks like Kresge’s was content to slap a storefront on the ground floor and call it done.

SethG on January 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

The hotel survived until at least 1996 when it was destroyed for a parking lot, a foolish waste in a rapidly shrinking city with almost no businesses in this block. Although the Sanborn maps neglect to show it, the building had a very elaborate stone front.

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