Boyertown’s State Theatre moves into digital age with new restoration

After hundreds of volunteer hours, fundraising and community support the State Theatre in Boyertown celebrated their re-grand opening showing the new Disney movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Waiting in line movie goers were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by special guest Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Steven Dapcevich).

The tradition of movies in Boyertown was started in 1912 when the Lyric Theatre built by George Unger, William Sabol, Newton Erb and William Schaeffer.  Of course, the silent movie was the hi-tech movie of the time. Now, the State Theatre shows movies on a $100,000 digital projector and 17 speakers for surround sound.

Tickets sell out for the first digital movie showing at the State Theatre in Boyertown.

Stepping inside the small theatre guests were immediately immersed into a world of Pirates. Decorations lined the walls with staff handing out balloon swords to kids. Although the State Theatre doesn’t have an arcade or a food court like some nation movie theater chains, the state does not disappoint. Seating is ample and the concessions stocks all of your favorite candies, drinks and of course buttery popcorn.

Moviegoers have fun in the lobby with Captain Jack (Steven Dapcevich) before the start of the movie.

The State Theatre is managed and operated by the State Theatre Preservation Society, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.  First run movies will be featured as well as classics and family favorites. The State Theatre Board of Directors is developing a theatre program for children’s birthday parties as well as special pre-movie social events for adult groups.

Jack Sparrow (Steven Dapcevich) entertains guests in the theater before the movie begins.

If your looking for what’s next just check out the State’s Marquee. Don’t worry, if you can’t drive by you can also visit BoyertownStateTheatre.com for show times and details. The theatre is located at 61 N. Reading Ave. Boyertown.

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