Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Birthplace of HBO

It happened on Nov. 8, 1972. Home Box Office started with several hundred cable subscribers. The bronze plaque was unveiled in 1984, paid for by HBO.

Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA
On the northwest corner of Public Square, opposite 15 Public Square. From the west side you'll see a self-standing wall with several bronze plaques nailed to it; the HBO plaque is one of them.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Birthplace of HBO

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Wall plaque for the Birthplace of HBO.

Birthplace of HBO

On the square of Wilkes-Barre, many milestones are celebrated with historical plaques -- including the Birthplace of HBO in 1972.

[Deb Nies, 09/08/2019]

The plaque was bolted to an outdoor wall in 1984. It was paid for by HBO -- as part of a promotion launching Cinemax. Another plaque on the Square claims Wilkes-Barre was the site of "America's First Jazz Festival."

Nearby Offbeat Places

Three-O-Nina the Giant CowThree-O-Nina the Giant Cow, Wilkes Barre, PA - 1 mi.
Decrepit Giant Coffee MugDecrepit Giant Coffee Mug, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 1 mi.
Tree Stump Sandwich EaterTree Stump Sandwich Eater, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 1 mi.
In the region:
Ghost Monkey Candle Shop, Swiftwater, PA - 31 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Pennsylvania Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

The Blue Whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma (Sep 26-Oct 2, 2022)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings