It's kind of hard to believe that two of theaters mentioned in this article were located on the same so very quiet (almost desolate) one block street as our building...
Text and Photograph were taken from the original story original story printed by the Beaver County Times, written by Jeffrey Snedden, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
The “hub” of Beaver County, Rochester had the Majestic Theatre on Brighton Avenue, which packed in kids on Saturdays for their cowboy movies. The Oriental on Hinds Street opened in 1931. It was a magnificently ostentatious theater with decor from the Far East and seated 1,280 patrons in luxurious fashion. The owners of the Oriental also ran the Family Theatre at 157 Hinds St., which hosted the “B” movies that needed to be purchased along with the first-run pictures for the Oriental. This was a common practice for theater owners who were forced to buy “package” deals from studios.