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p4pete commented about Arcade Theatre on Jul 29, 2005 at 9:53 pm

Born in 1949, my visits were late 50’s and 60’s. I was awed by the 70mm format that only the Arcade supported during that time period.

Movies of memory:

(1958) South Pacific
(1959) Ben Hur
(1961) West Side Story

The theater had plain and simple decor with two aisles and no balcony. The facade of the theatre was simple, dominated by the signage.

It was in the downtown area, just down the hill from 4 of the city’s 5 high schools and the City Library. Limited parking, but access all of the bus routes.

Other downtown theaters of that era were The Capitol, The Paramount, Lowe’s Poli, and the Bijou. Several smaller theaters were in non-downtown areas such as the Bing (Forest Park section) and another in Indian Orchard section.