The History of 75 West Main Street
The Arcade Theatre opened on September 28, 1916. At the time it was built, the Arcade Theatre had the largest stage east of the Mississippi River. The Arcade and a second theater, the Strand, showed serials on Saturdays. During the silent-film era, a pipe organ provided accompaniment at the Arcade, while either a pianist or a player piano provided music at the Strand.
On February 24, 1954, Warner Bros. Theatres Inc. sold the building to Transamerica Waynesboro Realty Corp., which sold the property to N.W.O. Inc. on February 20, 1966. N.W.O. Inc. demolished the Arcade Theatre and built the current building that houses the Waynesboro Theatre.
The Waynesboro Theatre was rebuilt as a Jerry Lewis Cinema franchise theater, promoting family orientated films. It was purchased by Lou Radakovich in 1976 and showed first run G to R rated films. The theatre closed in 2014; however, The Waynesboro Community Theatre Project soon formed to preserve the cinema as a crucial component of a vibrant downtown and overall quality of life.
Through private and public support, Waynesboro Theatre underwent extensive renovations and reopened on November 20, 2015 with high-end digital picture and surround sound and premium seating.
The New Waynesboro Theatre
The NEW Waynesboro Theatre redefines affordable movie entertainment for residents in Waynesboro, PA and the surrounding area including Chambersburg and Greencastle, PA.
In 2015, many renovations were made to the facility, including a new, modern exterior, the concession area, bathrooms and the large 200-seat auditorium. Additionally, the new theatre boasts all-new digital picture and sound, plus premium seating, all for an affordable ticket price.
Waynesboro Theatre also features FREE refills on all sizes of soda and popcorn, $5 Tuesdays and $1 Popcorn, $1 Summer Kids' Movies, $1 Retro Movies and more. Group rates and facility rental for corporate meetings and special events are also available.
Come visit the new Waynesboro Theatre in Downtown Waynesboro!