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Community Spotlight: The County Theater

Since 1938, The County Theater has been a community staple in Doylestown, PA. As one of the first movie theaters in town, this historic place has seen a lot of flicks pass through, but even more faces. By showcasing Hollywood magic throughout the years, it serves as a go-to gathering place and reminder that the dearest things in our community can hold strong when working together.

The County Theater: A History

When The County Theater opened its doors in 1938, it was revolutionary. As a product of late art-deco style, the theater was eye-catching, but most importantly, it boasted state-of-the-art technology and air conditioning. It rebranded in 1982, focusing on showing more art-house movies that weren’t available at other theaters.

The theater continued to thrive until it closed its doors in 1992. But even that couldn’t hold The County Theater down. Just nine months later, the theater was once again open to the public, but this time as a nonprofit community-based project. Renovations commenced.

Today, The County Theater still shows independent, art, and foreign films to the masses who appreciate passionate movies made artfully—in a historic place that means so much to this town.

COVID & Closures

If you’ve driven past The County Theater in the past months, you’ve noticed its closed doors. During the beginning of the pandemic, the board wished to ensure safety for all patrons by closing their doors. However, they also took this as a shining opportunity.

The final stage of The County Theater Expansion Project will be completed during this time, five months ahead of schedule. And though the screen won’t spotlight any movies until 2021, you can still experience the Hollywood magic they’re known for showcasing.

Virtual Theater

While The County Theater is closed, you can stream independent and art movies, bringing The County movie experience into your own home. Simply choose one of the staff picks that best represents the independent and art movies this theater is all about.

You’ll then be taken to the distributor’s website where you can rent and stream the film on your computer, tablet, phone, or TV. Best of all, 50 percent of the ticket price will go right to The County Theater.

If you wish to support the theater even more, you can become a member, which comes with perks, or make a donation that will help The County Theater stay alive and provide art to the people of Doylestown.

Outdoor Summer Series

If you don’t want to miss out on the big-screen experience, The County Theater, along with other local partners, provides a safe place to watch movies outside with their Outdoor Summer Series.

Pack up your favorite snacks and blanket or chairs and head to William E. Neis Park. Classic movies and popular favorites will be highlighted in this series, each starting at dusk. All that’s asked is that you remain six feet away from others and purchase your ticket online beforehand.

Keep Movie Magic Alive with The County Theater

Whether you’re streaming from home or watching outdoors while you wait for the theater to reopen, you can help ensure that The County Theater always has a great movie for you. Help keep this great nonprofit alive by supporting them today while catching a piece of cinema that you may not be able to see anywhere else!

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