Located on Landis Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey, the Landis Theatre is a central point in my hometown. First opened in 1937, the theatre presented popular Hollywood blockbusters to the citizens of Vineland. The theatre was forced to close in 1987 due to financial difficulties.
After years of neglect, the theatre fell into disrepair and was threatened with demolition in order to make way for a new drug store. Concerned citizens protested and formed The Landis Theatre Revitalization Organization to save the once beloved theatre. Through their efforts, The Landis Theatre was restored to its former beauty and a second grand opening was held in May 2010.
Through exploring the history of this monument I found out who the first people to develop the theatre were and who made the recent, extensive renovations happen. Knowing the history behind this great theatre has helped me to better appreciate the building and everyone who helped to reopen Landis Theatre.