Media Theatre

Media, PA

Opened: 1927

Seats: 800

Architect: David Supowitz

www.mediatheatre.com

The Media Theatre opened as a vaudeville house, later turning to movies only. The theatre closed in the '70s but was restored in the mid-1990s as a performing arts and concert venue. I did two shows there when it was run by the Strines as Rockwell Productions: The Student Prince (1994) and 42nd Street (1998). At the time, the shows rehearsed in Media, moved to an old high school auditorium / assisted-living facility in Milton, PA for three weeks, then returned to Media for three weeks. The 42nd Street production was especially problematic and, as Equity deputy, I learned a very harsh and unfortunate lesson about the limitations of collective bargaining.

Media Theatre - Media Theatre
1998
Media Theatre
Media Theatre - Media Theatre
1998
Media Theatre
Media Theatre - 42nd St - the production from hell
1998
42nd St - the production from hell

If you have an unpleasant piece of work to be done, and don't want to do it yourself, in a slave culture you may get this done by force...But in a capitalist labor market, all that is necessary is for you to say, "Who'll do this for five dollars?" and men press forward "independently," of their "own free will," under orders from no one, to "voluntarily" enlist for the work. (Kenneth Burke)