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Thank you for the direct link,Chuck. You’ll have to show me how to do this sometime. I plan to add photos of other Fall River theaters to my site, and would like to link them to the specific theaters. (I have already added photos of the Empire Theater)
I posted a link to some Durfee Theater photos on my Photobucket site.
Most of the building is still standing,but has been drastically remodeled.The lobby and shops have been demolished.
The architect who designed the Durfee Theater was Maude Darling-Parlin. She also designed the Eagle Restaurant across the street,which is still standing.Both buildings were constructed to replace structures destroyed in the devastating 1928 fire.Maude was still living when the theater was demolished in 1973.She felt as if her heart was ripped out.
The building is being
restored as a theater again!Hopefully,it will be the new home of the Youth Musical Theater.This group has already been using the space for rehearsals,and hope to have a performance there in September.
The theater(at least the exterior)was designed by Hartwell and Swazey. The same architectural firm also designed the former Central Congregational Church on 100 Rock St in Fall River (Now used for the International Cullinary School). The remaining section of the Academy Building has shops on the ground floor,and housing for the elderly on the upper floors.Part of the space formerly occupied by the demolished theater has a modern addition with more elderly housing units.The rest of the space is a garden.Part of the rear wall/facade of the theater remains and is used as a fence for the garden.