|700 block of Merchant St., looking south from 8th St.|
October 3, 1953
Original Times caption:
MAIN STREET OF AMBRIDGE BOROUGH -- This is Merchant Street, the main thorofare of Ambridge, shown from Eighth Street, looking south towards Leetsdale. Most of the main business establishments front the appropriately named street. The borough's two theaters are shown in the 700 block.
Over the years, Caplan's may have changed its paint color. Some folks remember it as being green, others blue.
I didn't have reason to go into Caplan's too often, but I remember going in to get supplies for the Recreation Center Summer Playground Program's carnival when I worked as the playground leader there and for my bridal shower. While those events were held during the same summer, they were not simultaneous. Although combining the two might have been fun.
On the right hand side of the photo, you can see the State Theatre marquee. The Ambridge Theatre is further up the street on the left side, but is harder to make out as that part of the photo is so dark.
The CVS parking lot is now where Caplan's once stood.
You can see a 1922 photo of that same intersection, when Caplan's building was the location of the Martsolf Furniture store, in my April 24, 2014 blog post "Eighth and Merchant Streets, 1922."
If you're interested in learning more about the State Theatre, check my February 26, 2014 post, "The State Theatre."