16 05, 2020

Reading/Berks Drive-in Theaters: A History

2020-05-22T00:57:12-04:00May 16th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

Drive-in theaters were hugely popular after World War II and, on special summer occasions featured all-night shows. Among its advantages was the fact that older adults with children could take care of their infant while watching a movie, while youth found drive-ins ideal [...]

16 05, 2020

Rio Theatre, Schuylkill Avenue, Reading, PA

2020-05-24T15:03:34-04:00May 16th, 2020|Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

Ben Zerr opened the Olivet Theatre at 647 Schuylkill Ave., near Oley, on Thanksgiving Day 1911. The initial attraction was “The Landing of Columbus.” In 1913, this “motion-picture house” was renamed the Schuylkill Avenue Theatre. Below: Schuylkill Avenue Theatre, 647 Schuylkill Ave. [...]

16 05, 2020

May Day at Charles S. Foos Elementary School in 1956

2020-05-16T14:34:54-04:00May 16th, 2020|Schools|0 Comments

In the late 1800s, migrants and immigrants from around the world were flocking to U.S. cities to find jobs in the nation's booming industries. Many feared that workers, exhausted as they were from factory work and the stresses of urban life, would fall [...]

16 05, 2020

Holiday Inn, 2nd and Penn Streets, Reading, PA

2020-05-16T14:35:29-04:00May 16th, 2020|Hotels|0 Comments

Early in 1972 reports were circulating in regard to construction of a new motel-hotel on the site where not long before were scattered remains of 18th century industry, small storage sheds, and piles of scrap metal. The project was proceeding without delay despite [...]

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