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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Cine 1 & 2 on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the State; it’s Card # 500. Address is Elm St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says the State is less than 15 years old, and is showing MGM films. There were 1,591 orchestra seats and 539 in the balcony, total 2,130. It was the largest theater in Manchester and had a nice big marquee. Demolished 1978.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Pine Island Drive-In on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

I went back and looked at MGM Card # 499 again. Although they left out “Drive-In” in the theater name, it’s obvious from the photo that it’s this drive-in theater.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Movies on Jul 3, 2015 at 10:53 am

When the M-G-M agent came to Manchester in the spring of 1941 to survey the movie theaters, he listed the Rex as a competing theater to the others, but, for some reason, he never filled out a report for it. Two other Manchester theaters which he left out of the survey were the Globe and the Modern.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Astor Theatre on Jul 3, 2015 at 10:39 am

The name was changed from Tremont Theatre to Astor Theatre in November, 1947 at the conclusion of heavy renovations. There were prior heavy renovations in 1937. Yes, there were several floors of dressing rooms at stage-left (west side of the former stage) – they were still there during demolition.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Bijou Theater on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

Correction: the New Bijou had about 1,000 seats total when it opened in 1910: 700 on the main floor and 300 in the balcony.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

The 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide has the Manchester Opera House listed under Manchester. E.W. Harrington was Mgr; there were 1,765 seats. It was on the ground floor and had both gas and electric lighting. Ticket prices 15 cents to 50 cents. The prosceniium opening was 35 feet wide X 36 feet high, and the stage was 36 feet deep. There were 8 in the house orchestra. Hotels for show folk were the Manchester House, New City, Vening’s and Oxford. Railroad was the Boston & Maine. The 1897 population was 60,000.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Strand; it’s Card # 501. Address is Hanover St. Condition is Good. The report says it’s over 15 years old and shows MGM movies. There were 762 orchestra seats and 503 balcony, total 1,265. Competing theaters were the State, Crown and Palace.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Pine Island Drive-In on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

Was there an indoor movie theater in the Pine Island complex at one time? The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for a “Pine Island Theatre” in Manchester; it’s Card # 499. But no one filled out the form so there is no information, only an undated photo probably made about 1950 out on a highway.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Palace; it’s Card # 498. Address is Hanover St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it was over 15 years old, and showing MGM movies. There were 612 seats on the main floor and 394 in the balcony, total 1,006. On the marquee is posted “Every Friday – Saturday Big Stage and Screen Shows”.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Variety Theatre on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Crown; it’s Card # 496. Address is Hanover St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says that the theater was over 15 years old, was showing MGM movies, and had 800 seats. Competing theaters were the Strand and the Palace.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Lyric Theatre on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Lyric; it’s Card # 497. Address is Hanover St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says the theater is over 15 years old, shows MGM films and had 310 seats. Competing theaters were the Palace, Rex, Globe, Empire and Modern, but the MGM agent did not fill out reports for the Rex, Globe and Modern. The 1940 population was 77,600.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Empire Theater on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Empire in “East Manchester”; it’s Card # 484. But no one filled it out so there is no info on it, only an undated exterior photo which was probably taken about 1950.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Casino Theatre at Hampton Beach; it’s Card # 488. But there is no information on it at all except for an undated exterior photo which was probably made about 1950.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Hampton Theater on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:40 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Hampton Theatre; it’s Card # 487. But there is no information on it at all aside from an undated exterior photo. I suspect that the photo may have been taken about 1949-50.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Bijou Theater on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

When this theater opened on Feb. 19, 1910 it was called the New Bijou because it was a replacement for the original Bijou which had opened on March 23, 1907, with 250 seats. I don’t know what street the first Bijou was located on, or what happened to it. The New Bijou (on Worthington St.) was purpose-built for movies only, although it had a stage. The exits from the front of the auditorium went past the sides of the stage and out the rear, emptying towards Phelps Avenue. The theater had about 1,000 seats on the main floor plus about 300 in the balcony and 6 boxes. There was a “fireproof” projection booth. This info is from an article published in the July 15, 1910 issue of a trade magazine called “The Nickleodeon” which a friend sent me. The article contains a floor plan, plus the 3 photos which someone has posted above. This trade paper is among the show business trade papers which are now available on line.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Franklin Theater on Jun 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Franklin; it’s Card # 483. Address is “Main St.” There is an exterior photo dated March 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it opened about 1925, shows MGM movies, and has 399 seats. It has a college student patronage, and closes summers. The 1940 population was 1,500.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Ogunquit Square Theatre on Jun 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Thanks to robboehm and Joe Vogel for jogging my memory. Yes, the Ogunquit Square Theatre is a remake of the first Ogunquit Playhouse. In 2005 I wrote some theater profiles for the June 2006 convention in Boston of the Theatre Historical Society. One of the theaters profiled was the Ogunquit Playhouse. Here’s a summary of parts of what I wrote: “10 Main Street, 688 seats, Opened July 17, 1937. Walter and Maud Hartwig were summer visitors to Ogunquit from New York City where they were active in off-Broadway theatre. They believed that a high-quality playhouse would prosper in Ogunquit. They acquired a commercial garage on Ogunquit Square and converted it into a theater, opening on July 1, 1933. They had brought to Maine their Manhattan Theatre Colony troupe. ..it became a success…they built a new, larger playhouse south of downtown which opened on July 17, 1937. Their original theater became a cinema, the Ogunquit Square Theatre.” No wonder, then, that the MGM agent graded the Ogunquit Square as in “Poor / Fair” condition: it was probably not in very good condition when it opened. So, it was an old garage converted to a live summer theater and then into a movie theater. As Robboehm points out, the Ogunquit Playhouse has never served as a movie theater, as far as I know.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Capitol Center for the Arts on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Capitol; it’s Card # 477A. Address is “Concord St.” There is an exterior photo taken April 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it opened about 1925 and shows MGM films. There are 974 orchestra seats and 443 balcony, total: 1,417. Competing theaters were the Concord and the Star.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Star Theater on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Star; it’s Card # 479. Address is Pleasant St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it’s over 15 years old, shows MGM films, and has 694 orchestra seats and 305 balcony seats, total 999. Competing theaters are the Concord Th., and the Capitol. 1940 population was 27,100.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Concord Theater on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Concord Th., it’s Card # 478. But there is no info on it at all, other than an exterior photo which was probably taken around 1950.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Bristol Theater on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Bristol Th., it’s Card # 473. Address is “Main St.” There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it opened about 1930, that it shows MGM films and has 403 seats. 1940 population was 1,600.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Colonial Theatre on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Colonial; it’s Card # 472. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo dated May 16, 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it was opened 1925 which is incorrect, that it shows MGM films, and has 470 seats. There is a note that it’s a summer operation, with an 11-week season. The 1940 population was 1,000.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Park Theatre on Jun 28, 2015 at 11:57 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Park; it’s Card # 489. Address is Main Street in “Jaffey NH”. There is an exterior photo taken March 1941. Condition is Good. The report says the Park opened in 1929, shows MGM films, and has 439 main floor seats and 100 in the balcony. The 1940 population was 2,800.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Ogunquit Square Theatre on Jun 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

The entrance in 1941 was in a one-story building. And it looks good, not “Poor”/ “Fair”. One of the seating capacities in the Cinemadata listing is 465. I suspect that this is correct, and the 500 seats on the MGM report is a matter of rounding-up.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Flying Monkey Movie House & Performing Arts Theatre on Jun 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Plymouth; it’s Card # 506. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo taken April 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it opened about 1931, is showing MGM movies, and has 723 seats. The 1940 population is 2,500.