Friday, November 9, 2012

Midnight Horror at Shea's Theatre in Erie PA

Shea's ad in Erie Morning News, September 12, 1963.
How about a spine-chilling horror hit featuring Leonard Nimoy? Nimoy appeared as Professor Cole in the 1958 cult-classic "The Brain Eaters" which was part of a double feature five years later at Shea's Theater in Erie, PA.

Shea's ran an interesting promotion, which included:

  • Free admission if your name had 13 letters
  • A Vampire Cocktail to the first 100 people
  • A free Dead Body to some lucky patron

The Horror at Midnight promotion coincided with Friday the 13th, which in this case was September 13, 1963. Shea's lined up two Ed Nelson films, "The Brain Eaters" and "Night of the Blood Beast." The latter was directed by Roger Corman.

Shea's Theatre was located at 22 West 10th Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. This theater was demolished. The site is now occupied by the Avalon Hotel. Here's an old photo of the theater.

There's nothing Eerie about Old Time Erie, or is there?

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