I am happy to report that the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro DE looks better than ever! The only single screen movie theater in the state of Delaware, it also has a glorious vintage neon sign which is beautiful to behold when lit up. Here’s what I wrote about it back in 2003, in my very first Bystander column, “How To Go To The Movies In Delaware Without Once Setting Foot In A Multiplex”:
Joanne Howe knew that she and her husband Ed were destined to own the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro Delaware. Not only did the movie theater share its name with Joanne’s recently deceased father, but upon entering the lobby they were met with the sight of a vintage poster for the movie “The Sands of Iwo Jima”- where her aforementioned dad fought.They purchased the moviehouse in 2001 and have been continuing the legacy of Sussex county’s only single-screen theatre ever since.
Built in 1948, the Clayton is well maintained and has never had to suffer neglect through an extended closing. The theatre boasts a new paint job and carpets, and while the 315 seats are vintage (though not original to the theatre) they are surprisingly comfortable.
The most striking aspect of the theatre is the towering neon marquee out front. When illuminated-for the first time in 15 years, thanks to the Howes- it acts like a beacon, luring folks from near and far like moths to the screen. Family-friendly, the features are first run and tend to show for a couple of weeks.
The prices are wallet friendly too and can you believe it, snacks are in the civilized $1-3 range. Remember folks, this is typically where theatre owners make money to keep operating, so arrive hungry to help ‘em out.
900 Main St
Dagsboro, DE 19939
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