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When visitors catch a flick on one of the big screens at the County Theater in Doylestown, they're not just watching a movie. They're supporting a small town and a historical treasure that's been entertaining audiences for more than 75 years.
Known for its original 1930s art deco architecture, the member-supported nonprofit community theater offers everything from local independent and foreign films and discussion groups to classic Hollywood cinema.
Doylestown boasts that the County Theater is the best place to watch a movie because of its audience’s passion for the theater.
The historic County Theater opened on State Street in 1938. A gathering place and town center when movies were the only game in town, the theater enjoyed much success through the 40s, 50s and 60s until suburbanization brought multiplexes and television.
In the early 1990s, a film group bought the theater and turned it into a nonprofit. Over the last two decades, the County has grown into an institution that relies on members and donations from the Doylestown community to continue ongoing interior and exterior upgrades, renovations and restorations.