New Empire Theater

Main Street and Oak Street,
Rockland, ME 04841

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If anybody has any more info on this theater please add it here, as I’m going by old photos I have of the theater from 1910. It sat on Main Street and Oak Street in downtown Rockland. It showed movies and was vaudeville theater, and continued after the Strand Theater was built in the 1920’s.

The building that occupies the site is a toy store and may have been the original theater, but Rockland had a major fire downtown in 1952 and I’m not sure if the original building fell in the fire and was rebuilt or came out okay.

Contributed by Michael Hallack

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 29, 2005 at 12:58 pm

I have 3 editions of Film Daily Yearbook;1941, 1943 and 1950 and this theatre is only listed in the 1943 edition as the Empire Theatre, operated by Paramount Pictures Inc under their subsidiary Mullins & Pinanski. In the 1941 edition they are also listed has operating it (in the Circuits listing), but it isn’t listed in the Rockland, ME section. There is also no seating capacity or address given for the Empire.

Paramount (through their subsidiary’s) also operated the Park and the Strand in Rockland.

karan on November 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Empire Theatre, 10 Oak Street, was managed by Fred M. Eugley, according to Sanborn’s City of Rockland Directory, 1912. In 1921 A.G. Packard was the manager (Julius Cahn-Gus Hill directory, 1921.) For more information, see

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