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The theatre has been described to me as nothing fancy, basically a rectangular box, with a balcony, There was no pit for orchestra or the organ, and the stage was raised above floor level. The organ was designed for a single chamber, which was probably up by the proscenium.
Sorry, link should be: www.suscom-maine.net/~phaskell
My original post asking for information about this theatre was in relation to the Marr & Colton pipe organ from the theatre, which I am now attempting to install in my home. I have a built a web site which discusses the organ’s history with some photos, but I have not yet found photos of the theatre interior. Enjoy!
Ron: I did just receive the information, and it’s just as Ron Salters describes above. I’d like to find more specific information before creating a page, but may have to go with what I have, if nothing else turns up.
Thanks Ron, I’ve sent them a check for a preliminary search, will post any results. Also, the Acadia Publishing Corp paperback “Images of America – Charlestown” has a photo of some soldiers on a horse cart, with the Thompson Square Theatre in the background. The caption states that it’s after the end of WWII, but the movies on the marquee are “Nice Girl”, with Deanna Durbin, and “Dead Men Tell”, both 1941 movies. I’ve also heard that the locals always called the theatre the “Hippy”
Ron: Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try it. I did send a letter to the Charlestown Historical Society, no response yet. I have just purchased the Marr & Colton pipe organ from this theatre, just trying to fill in it’s background.
The official Web site for the Garden; http://www.gardencinemas.net/
includes a few old photos, interior and exterior, presented as thumbnails on various pages. Better than nothing!
The Pine Tree Chapter of The American Theatre Organ Society restored the Wurlitzer 3/13 theatre pipe organ from this theatre, and installed it in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where it is used during chapter meetings, and occasional concerts. Visit our web site:
for details and photos of the organ. It is in good playing condition thanks to the countless hours spent by chapter members restoring and maintaining it.
A distant relative, Horace York, was one of the organists who played the Marr & Coulton theatre pipe organ there – wish I could have heard it!!
Many good memories of taking the bus from Holliston in the 1950’s to attend the matinee movies at the St. George. The theatre seemed pretty grand to we young people, and you got two features plus a short and a cartoon for a reasonable price – try that now!
I believe you’ll find Situate Harbor is in Massachusetts, “MA”, not Maine