Sayre Theatre History
(Formely the Sayre Opera House - 1914 Sayre, PA)
The Valley and surrounding communities have given enormous contributions of time, talent, and treasure to Bradford County Regional Arts Council and Sayre Theatre since 1995. This ongoing support has enabled the theatre to take a step beyond its rich history into a second century of new adventures, providing a timeless venue for first-run films, independent film festivals, children’s theatre, Nightlife on the Susquehanna live performances, fundraising for local charities, special community events, birthday parties, meetings, and more.
Almost twenty years ago, BCRAC created a modern, comfortable, and attractive arts center that continues to serve the needs of today’s movie and live performance patrons. A renovated lobby and concession area, an art gallery, two small cinemas, and a large theatre space, dedicated as the Guthrie Performing Arts Center, were the first of many ongoing upgrades to the facility. Through the generosity of a friend of the theatre, two retro-style chandeliers now grace the interior of the Performing Arts Center.
With the help of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour, Major Sponsors, and the United Way, live events are presented in the Guthrie Performing Arts Center, ranging from the Nightlife on the Susquehanna series to the School Time Youth series and stand-alone events, such The U.S. Air Force Celtic Ensemble, Mansfield University’s Concert Choir, Pro Musica Singers, and others. Sayre Theatre also hosts The Missoula Children’s Theatre and the Annual Learning Early Network Conference.
The second floor of the theatre not only houses three Christie CP 2210 digital projectors, it also features a large open space with a small kitchen area that is used for meetings, artist workshops, birthday parties, and special Hollywood Café events.
Ken Carle, currently serving as Theatre Manager, is a Towanda High School graduate. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force where he had the opportunity to travel across the United States before retiring and moving back to the area in 2012. He is married to Tammy and they have three children: Chayalin (14), Kelci (10), and K.C.(7) of Towanda. He came on board as the Sayre Theatre manager in April of 2015.
Sayre Theatre has had a unique look about it since its marquee was removed in March of 2015 and a temporary one replaced it. The marquee committee has been working feverishly with the Hunt Engineers to design, fund and replace the marquee and bring the Sayre Theatre back to its familiar, yet awesome, new look. Bartush Signs of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania has been hired to custom design and fabricate the front and two side panels of the marquee, replicating the appearance of the former marquee in 21st Century technology. Local businesses, including Nucor/Vulcraft of NY, Jeff Paul Plumbing and Heating, will be doing much of the structural and finish work beginning in the spring of 2016.
On November 2, 2015, following a successful silent fundraising phase, the public phase of fundraising was announced. The Sayre Theatre Marquee committee members include: Elaine Poost, Jeff Paul, Marie Kwasnoski, Michael Viselli, Henry Dunn, Brooks Eldredge-Martin, Lori Keeney-Naugle, Ken Carle and Darin Rathbun.
In addition to theatre manager, Ken Carle, the Sayre Theatre staff includes Movie Mangers: Sabrina Emms, Cathy Moliski, Richard Northrup, and Sharon Tubbs; the Theatre Floor staff; Andy Bernett, Kaleb Golden, Peter Martinez, Anna Moliski, Tyler Schutt, Aiden Sharma, Dane Stropke, and Jared Vascoe. We appreciate our theatre volunteers who regularly contribute their time and talents to the Sayre Theatre: Brooks Eldredge-Martin, Penny Eastabrook, Jan Scott, Jeff Paul and Marie Kwasnoski.