Sayre Theatre celebrating centennial

By Julianne Peixoto

August 6, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM EDT

Sayre, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Residents celebrated Sayre Theatre's 100th birthday -- and rich history -- with an "olde-tyme" picnic Wednesday evening.

"It is honestly, I believe, the cornerstone of this community," said Sayre Mayor Denny Thomas. "The people in Sayre absolutely love the theater, it’s also a performing arts center, there’ve been shows there, it’s absolutely wonderful."

The theater was built in 1915 and has been showing movies and plays at an affordable price ever since.

"This theater is run for the needs, the enjoyment and the pleasure of the residents of The Valley," said Waverly resident Fred Forehand. "So that's what makes it different. It's family."

The picnic was held in the park across the street from the theater. There was face-painting, live music, penny candy and much more.

"Sayre theater has been a part of my life for so long," said 17-year-old Ariana Lesser. "It wouldn't be the same Sayre without it."

Lesser is an employee at the theater, and acts in plays performed on its stages.

"We care a lot about our community, everything we do is for the community," said Lesser.

There will be a final birthday celebration on New Year's Eve. Details on the event are still in the planning stages.