That's it ! After a comprehensive refurbishment and expansion designed by Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP (VMA), the theater is once again accessible to the general public. The building, which dates to 1938, has long been a top destination for moviegoers and an art-deco centerpiece on E. State Street.
With its blue and gold facade and its emblematic tower, this mythical theater finally reopened its doors at the end of summer 2021! It was enthusiastically received by community members who returned for screenings, private events and special programs. The first of his challenges? Carry out more screenings and events.
To do this, the County Theater has expanded. A 180-seat auditorium was added to the existing building thanks to the acquisition of adjacent land.
Housed in a brick annex that complements the original theatre, this new venue allows for the screening of more feature films, classics and foreign films; it also offers new programming possibilities, such as the live broadcast of plays and operas.
A small stage accommodates discussions, presentations and smaller events, furthering the County Theater's role as a neighborhood center, which screens the works of local filmmakers, hosts community forums and other gatherings. Blue facade panels and a storefront echo the design language of the historic County Theater building while integrating it into the Doylestown cityscape.
Challenge number 2: preserve the style of the original building and respond to growing public demand
The extension houses a new entrance hall, which extends the original, and includes an additional ticket office. This new lobby also makes room for a concession stand – something the building previously lacked – and adds a space where viewers can chat about movies they've just seen. The addition also addresses a central design challenge: equipping the historic theater for contemporary use without altering the original building.
Another objective is to meet growing demand from the public. So the County Theater renovation maintains the entire historic building with minimal modifications while expanding it to increase its capacity to create a modern theatrical experience that meets the desires of its audience.
The establishment is today the property of a non-profit community organization, which supports independent films, in addition to the screening of films from the major studios, which does not detract from its charm…
Visuals ©: Jeffrey Totaro