Liberty Theatre

Liberty Theatre from December, 1940. The marquee features Carole Lombard and Charles Laughton in "They Knew What They Wanted." (click on photo to enlarge)

The Liberty Theatre was located at 1104 Wyoming Avenue in Exeter, PA. It was built during the silent era in 1919 with 852 seats.

Thomas Alexander and Louis Marinos Sr. did have an interest in the Liberty Theatre. If you look at the marquee, you’ll notice a similarity to the one that adorned the front of the Wyoming Theatre.  Alexander and Marinos clearly had an influence on the naming of the theatre. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Greeks as well as most European immigrants entered America through Ellis Island. The first image most recall upon entering the Port of New York was Lady Liberty.  Therefore, Greek-owned diners, dry cleaners, candy stores, and movie theatres were often named Liberty.

Unfortunately, there is no current detailed account of the operation of the Liberty Theatre.  It is believed that the Alexander/Marinos share of the theatre was part of the Paramount-Publix Corporation buyout in 1930.

The theatre closed in the 1950’s, but stood well into the 1970’s before it was demolished.

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