113 East Phillips Street,
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The Angela Theatre opened for the first time on October 11, 1949 with Abbott & Costello in “Africa Screams”. From what I understand, it was named for the daughter of the person who built the theatre. It seated 711 people on its one floor and was roughly Art Deco in design. It had a large lobby and an unusual prism glass proscenium arch with colored lights located behind it that gave an interesting effect. It also had a large V-shaped marquee containing large letters spelling out the theatre’s name.
It closed around 1970 and was basically abandoned until around 1997 when an enterprising person purchased the building and began the tremendous job of restoration. The theatre was essentially a shell that had to be fully rebuilt. The entire family was involved with this work which took a number of years. The auditorium has now been split into three screens, the first reopened in 1999. The main auditorium now has 240 seats and is an incredible site to see. The proscenium arch has been restored and the auditorium now offers stadium seating. The marquee has also been fully restored. The two smaller screens each seat 101.
This theatre is a true asset to the small town and shows an interesting way small town theatres can be restored and reused.
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