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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Parkview Theatre on May 24, 2015 at 10:40 am

There is a history of this theater at the Cinema Data Project website which has detailed histories of certain movie theaters in Maine. The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Priscilla. It’s Card # 392. Address is Pine Street, Auburn. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941, The condition is Fair. The Priscilla was over 15 years old and was showing MGM product. There were 494 seats on the main floor and 234 in the balcony, total 728 seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Strand Theatre on May 22, 2015 at 11:18 am

OCRon mentions in his post of 5/22 the Priscilla Theatre. Recently I began looking through the MGM Theatre Report cards in the Theatre Historical Society archive. (cards for ME,NH, RI and VT). So far I have found only one which does not have a listing here in CT – the Priscilla in Lewiston-Auburn. There may be others, too. The report card says the Priscilla is on Pine St., but 116 Blake, around the corner, may have been the correct address. It was operating in 1941.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Strand Theatre on May 21, 2015 at 11:39 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report card for the Strand; it’s Card # 394. There is an exterior photo made May 1941. Address is Main St. Condition is Good. The theater was over 15 years old, and was showing MGM films. There were 1,203 orchestra seats and 682 balcony seats, total 1,885 seats, which is 1,000 less than what is listed above.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Empire Theatre on May 21, 2015 at 11:33 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Empire, it’s Card # 391. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Address is Main St. Condition is Good. It says the theater is over 15 years old and is showing MGM product. There were 840 orchestra seats and 496 balcony, total 1,336. The 1940 population was 38,500.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Auburn Theater on May 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report card for this theater, it’s Card # 390.There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Address is Court St., and they call the town “Lewiston Auburn”.Condition is Good. The theater is over 15 years old, and was showing MGM films. There were 760 orchestra seats and 390 balcony, total 1,150.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Public Theatre on May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Ritz. It’s Card # 393. There is an exterior photo dated Feb. 1941. Address is Maple St. Condition is Good. Says it opened in 1939 (close), that is shows MGM films, and has 650 seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Scenic Theatre on May 19, 2015 at 11:42 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Scenic; it’s Card # 492. Address is Main St. Condition is Good. There is an exterior photo taken March 1941. The theater opened about 1925. There were 450 seats on the main floor and 150 in the balcony, total 600 seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Colonial Theatre on May 19, 2015 at 11:36 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Colonial, it’s Card # 490. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo taken Feb. 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it opened about 1925, and is showing MGM films. There were 750 orchestra seats and 250 balcony seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Latchis Theatre on May 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Latchis; it’s Card # 491. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo dated Feb. 23, 1941. The condition is Good. The report says that it was built about 1920, and is showing MGM films. There were 700 main floor seats, and 250 balcony seats. The 1940 population of Keene was 13,800.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Columbia Theatre on May 19, 2015 at 11:18 am

I recently looked at a photo which was taken for the Boston Elevated Railway Co. showing construction of the connecting link from the existing el structure down into the new Washington Street tunnel (today’s Orange Line). The link and the tunnel opened in November 1908, so the photo dates from earlier in 1908 or in 1907. Clearly seen in the background is the Columbia Theatre. The odd thing is that the fire escape doors from the gallery on the upper portion of the north wall (left side of theater) have no fire escapes under them! It’s possible that the photo was taken just after the old fire escapes were removed and while awaiting the installation of new ones. Otherwise, it was a very unsafe situation.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Pastime Theater on May 18, 2015 at 11:08 am

The Theatre Historical Society has the MGM Theatre Report for the Pastime Theatre; it’s Card # 523. Address is Bradford St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The marquee had an attraction board only on its left side. The condition is Good. The report says the Pastime was built in 1935, but then says it has been showing MGM films for “over 10 years”. There were 616 seats. The 1940 population of Bristol was 11,100.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Island Theatre on May 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Island Th. It’s Card # 538. Address is “Route 138”. There is an exterior photo taken on Sept 5, 1946. Condition is Excellent. It says that it was opened August 1946, and is playing MGM films.There were 502 seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Jane Pickens Theatre on May 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Strand. It’s Card # 530. Address is 49 Touro St. There is an exterior photo made May 1941. Condition is Excellent. It was over 15 years old, and was showing MGM films. There were 486 orchestra seats and 212 balcony seats, total 698 seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Paramount Theatre on May 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the M-G-M Theatre Report for the Paramount, it’s Card # 529. The address is “Broadway”. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The condition is Good. It says it was built in 1933, and is showing MGM product. There were 705 orchestra seats, and 507 balcony seats, total 1,212.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Opera House on May 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Opera House; it’s Card # 528. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The address is “Washington Square”. The condition is Fair. It was over 15 years old and was not showing M-G-M product. It had 975 seats. The 1940 population of Newport was 30,500.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Stadium Theatre on May 7, 2015 at 11:06 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the M-G-M Theatre Report for the Stadium; it’s Card # 566. There is an exterior photo taken April 1941. Address is “Monument Square”. Condition is Good. The house is 15 years old and shows MGM product. Seating: Orchestra 748, Balcony 500, Loges 24, total 1,273. What they call the “balcony” would have been the raised portion of the main floor, to the rear. The 1940 population of Woonsocket was 49,300.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Rialto Theatre on May 7, 2015 at 10:52 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Rialto; Card # 565. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Address is 41 Main St. Condition is Fair. It was showing MGM films. There were 577 orchestra seats and 223 balcony, total 800.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Park Theatre on May 7, 2015 at 10:46 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Park; it’s Card # 564. There is an exterior photo taken April 1941. The marquee displays Vaudeville on Sundays. The condition is Fair. It was over 15 years old and was not showing MGM films. The seating was 800 on the main floor and 400 balcony, total 1,200.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Olympia Theatre on May 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Olympia; it’s Card # 563. Address is 40 Main. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The condition is Poor. It was over 15 years old, and was not showing MGM films. 830 seats. The 1940 population of Woonsocket was 49,300.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Laurier Theatre on May 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Laurier; Card # 562. There is an exterior photo made May 1941. The theater was in Poor condition, over 15 years old, and showing MGM films. There were 550 seats on the main floor and 400 in the balcony, total 950 seats. The address was 17 Cumberland.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Bijou Theatre on May 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Bijou, it’s Card # 561. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. The theater is in Fair condition. It was over 15 years old and was not showing MGM films. The seating is listed as 1,500.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Central Theatre on May 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

Yes, I think that when the MGM agent back in 1941 crossed the river on his way to visit the Central Theatre he did not realize he was crossing the state line. There are no other theaters in CT among the 600 MGM report cards which the Theatre Historical Society has. The original intent must have been to cover the entire USA (and perhaps Canada, too) because they printed up 50,000 blank report forms! But they only covered MA, ME, NH, RI and VT.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about United Theatre on May 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater, it’s Card # 560. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. The condition is Good. The theater is over 15 years old, and shows MGM films. There were 600 orchestra seats and 375 balcony seats, total 975. The 1940 population of Westerly was 11,100.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Central Theatre on May 5, 2015 at 11:30 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Central Theatre at 41 West Broad, which they list as Westerly RI. It’s Card # 559.There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. The condition is Fair. The theater is over 15 years old and is showing MGM product. 600 seats.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) commented about Broadway Theatre on May 5, 2015 at 11:21 am

Gerry- Yes, the entire series of MGM Theatre Report cards, over 600 of them from MA,ME, NH, RI and VT, are now on the THS website, historictheatres.org. They are in the “New England Special Collection”.