‘Re-maining’ the Main

By on June 7, 2017


By Patrick Burns

Penn Ketchum wasted no time after officially acquiring the Ephrata Main movie house on Sunday.

On Monday, workers removed all of the old seats. By Tuesday, 90 new high-back leather “rockers” were installed in one of the theater’s two auditoriums.

The future destination of the old seats were a bit of a mystery when renovations began.

Penn’s initial Facebook post welcomed the public  to take chairs if they showed up on Sunday — and some  did.

However, because of another  Facebook message from Jim Johnson, the seats will live on in a similar historic theater.

Johnson, artistic director at Susquehanna Stage in Marietta, first reached out to Penn’s  post and quickly phoned Ketchum requesting all the remaining seats.

In minutes, all of the 180-plus seats had new homes.

“I’m really happy that the seats are going to a theater and not a landfill,” Penn said.

Penn said almost  everything would remain at the Main’s historic theaters except the seats.

“We love the décor, we love the building, the theater itself is gorgeous,” he said.

Actually there are three areas customers will notice differences in the New Main: seats, concession stand, and the online ticketing which should be online “any time now,” he said.

The New Main opens June 15 with the opening of Disney’s Cars 3. Penn said he’s in the process in finding a second feature, which may include Wonder Woman or Rough Night.

Devin Zunner, a Denver resident and Cocalico High School graduate will serve as general manager.  She has worked with Penn Cinemas in Lititz, where Ketchum has been managing partner since the megaplex opened in 2006.

The New Main is hiring and will conduct interviews on Saturday or Sunday at 3 p.m. Look for more information at the New Main Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/The-New-Main-768398469985645/


Patrick Burns is social media editor and  staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.


About Patrick Burns

Social media editor and staff writer for Ephrata Review and Lititz Record Express.

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