F.M. Kirby Center

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Comerford Theater
Kirby Theater 71 PS WB PA.jpg
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, October 2011
F.M. Kirby Center is located in Pennsylvania
F.M. Kirby Center
F.M. Kirby Center is located in the US
F.M. Kirby Center
Location71 Public Sq., Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Coordinates41°14′41″N 75°52′55″W / 41.24472°N 75.88194°W / 41.24472; -75.88194Coordinates: 41°14′41″N 75°52′55″W / 41.24472°N 75.88194°W / 41.24472; -75.88194
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built byPenn-York Utilities, Inc.
Architectural styleModerne, Art Deco, Other, "Depression moderne"
NRHP reference #80003564[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 3, 1980

Comerford Theater, also known as the Paramount Theater and now known as the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, is a historic movie theater located at Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1937, and is an Art Deco-Moderne style theater building. The building takes an irregular trapezoidal shape. It is of steel frame and brick construction with a four bay wide, terra cotta and marble front facade. The front facade features a stylized ziggurat composition, a central tower, corrugated steel decoration, and a marquee.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The Capitol Theatre, also on Public Square, was built in 1920. It was renamed the Comerford Theatre after the original Comerford was renamed the Paramount in the 1940s. The second Comerford was multiplexed and renamed the Barre East West Loge in the 1970s and demolished soon after.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Carl J. Handman and Michael J. Lewis (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Comerford Theater" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-15.

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