Milbridge Theatre

26 Main Street,
Milbridge, ME 04658

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Milbridge Theatre

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Opened as the Colonial Theatre in 1937. Later renamed Milbridge Theatre, it was closed in 2014.

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teecee
teecee on February 4, 2005 at 5:02 am

According to a Maine tourism website, this is a 1930s movie theater with working player piano.

scottm
scottm on May 7, 2005 at 1:48 pm

I have been there once or twice about 20 years ago. It is a small movie house. I think it is a single screen. The supermarket is across the street from the cinema. My grandparents home is about 3 miles from Milbridge Theatre. I used to visit this theatre when I was young. I am still surprised it is still running today. Thanks for putting this up.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 7, 2005 at 2:21 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 edition has a Colonial Theatre, Main Street listed that has 360 seats. Could this be the current Millbridge Theatre?

Other theatres listed in the town (no street address given) are the Opera House with 375 seats and the Wittan Theatre (no further details given).

The 1950 F.D.Y has the Colonial and Opera House still operating.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

Is this still open? I am unable to find showtimes for this.

snrubmit
snrubmit on October 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

Yes! its still open, I grew up going to this theater and it hasn’t changed much from what I remember. The owner used to play the player piano before every film while people were sitting down and then make announcements about what was coming up in their programming.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

I have seen photos taken in 1941 of both the Colonial Theatre and the Opera House in Milbridge. Both were on Main St. with no street number given. The Colonial looks suspiciously like the Milbridge Theatre, except there was no addition on the right front, which is there today. Even the chimney is in the same place, as well as the two little dormer peaks with one large peak in the center. And the Colonial was set well back from the street. The photo of the Colonial is on the MGM Theatre Report which is in the on-line archive of the Theatre Historical Society. The photo on it was taken April 25, 1941. The Report is Card # 407. The condition is Good. The report says it opened in 1936 and was playing MGM movies. There were 350 seats. The competing theater was the Opera House, also on Main St. 1940 population was 1,300.

robboehm
robboehm on August 5, 2015 at 11:48 am

I’ve got an answer to a couple of questions and some news. The Milbridge was called the Colonial when it opened in 1937 so Ken, you can update the seating capacity and the AKA. Unfortunately you can also update the status as closed.

According to an article in BDN Maine for August 5, 2015 it is unlikely that this summer’s only theater will reopen due to the death of the owner, Dave Parsons, who had owned the theater since 1978 (no indication if he made the name change). Also, according to his brother it probably would have not opened this year anyway because of the digital situation. To renovate and upgrade the theater would cost $150,000 which wouldn’t seem feasible.

I’ve uploaded a photo of the fa├žade, with a tribute to the owner on the marquee, taken by Phil Duggan. You will note the emerald green door. It seems as though Dave’s favorite movie was the Wizard of Oz and to pay homage to it the door was painted emerald green and the ramp to the theater was painted yellow.

robboehm
robboehm on August 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Some shots of and in the Milbridge can be seen in the 2005 indy movie The Puffy Chair.

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