Renovation & Restoration
County Theater | Doylestown, PA
Built in 1938 as a single-screen theater, with a facade described as having “a smart modern appearance,” The County Theater operated for decades before briefly closing and then reopening in 1994 with two screens as an independent cinema. With the purchase of an adjacent property, however, the theater saw an opportunity to expand, increase its programming, and establish itself as an even more prominent community gathering place and cultural resource.
In its design, VMA sought to highlight and establish continuity with the original building’s distinct yellow and blue porcelain-paneled facade. As the theater is located in a historic district, with a strong identity, the design needed to embrace both the Art Deco theater and the predominantly 19th century borough.
An addition provides space for a new concessions lobby, restrooms, and a third, 175-seat theater. The lobby features custom lighting inspired by pictures of the historic original interior. It will offer increased film options and will increase evening and weekend activity in the borough. Meanwhile, a street-level storefront maintains the strong rhythm of the commercial street on which it faces, while a blue metal screen wall at the upper level connects back to the original theater.
Size: 7,400 sf
Architecture, Interior Design, Historical Preservation