State Theatre

47 S. Earl Street,
Shippensburg, PA 17257

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Functions: Laundromat

Previous Names: Bijou Theatre, Lyric Theatre, C.V. Theatre

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The Bijou Theatre launched in December of 1907 in downtown Shippensburg as one of its earliest movie theatres. It opened in a building dated back to 1854 when it housed Rudy’s Hall. J.C. Light took on the venue in 1910 and would change its name to the Lyric Theatre on a 25-year lease. It closed at end of lease in 1935.

The theatre was taken on by Notpoulos & Gribble who revamped the theatre relaunching as the State Theatre on December 30, 1935 on a 20-year lease. The theatre now had an RCA sound system and opened with Joan Crawford in “I Live My Life”.

As the theatre was getting toward its end of lease, a July 4th, 1954 fire gutted the building. John M. and Mary K. Plasterer took on the theatre giving it a CinemaScope screen. It reopened May 12, 1955. The Plasterers then traded the C.V. Theatre for the long-running Victory Theatre owned by Frank E. Hollar, Jr. Hollar closed the C.V. Theatre on January 19, 1958 and the Plasterers continued the Victory Theatre’s run.

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Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

Trolleyguy on March 28, 2020 at 9:51 am

Current use should be dry cleaners.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 27, 2021 at 11:22 pm

This web page says that the CV Theatre closed on January 19, 1958. It also claims that the Bijou opened in 1904. Here is a Google street view of the building, now long occupied by Shippen Cleaners, at 47 S. Earl Street.

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