Party Like It’s 1906 at the Oldest Movie Theater in America

By - February 10, 2017

Many things degrade with age, but there are some things that appreciate over time, such as fine wines and, of course, places with historical significance. The Newtown Theatre is no exception. The theater began showing films in 1906, making it the oldest movie theater in the United States.

Located in the heart of Newtown, Pa., it has been the focal point of entertainment for young and old. As a younger man, I had my first date at the Newtown Theatre, and I am sure if you asked many around the borough of Newtown you would get the same response.

The theater’s history dates back to the 1800s, when it was originally used as a hall for town gatherings then later repurposed into a small theater for live performances and, finally, in 1906, into the theater we see today.

The Newtown Theatre occasionally shows the latest films, although in its more recent years it has become a specialty theater, showing performances from comedians, live theater, silent film screenings and, of course, the classics such as Gone with the Wind.

The Newtown Theatre is a must-visit for any history or film enthusiast and can certainly be a fun experience for all. Make a memory in the oldest theater in America — come for the history but stay for a movie.

— Andrew Risch, intern