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American Theater

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American Theater

Per local records:

The American Theater at 119 E. Mellen Street in Phoebus opened in Jan.1909 and burned down in 1911/1912 per a Daily Press News story.

It opened again in 1912 and closed as the American in March 1932.

It opened a few days later in March 1932 as the Lee Theater and remained in business until 1968.

In May 1968, it became the Lee Adult Theater and remained in business as such until Oct 1984.

In Oct 1986, it opened as the New American and remained open until June 1996. It was a a theater that served meals along with the show and was operated by Smith & Wade, local entertainers.

In June 2000, it opened as the American, a cultural center operated by the Hampton Arts Center.

This is a photo that I assume was the first American Theater in Phoebus.

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