Central Theater

39 Alfred Street,
Biddeford, ME 04005

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

This web page has considerable information about Biddeford’s Central Theatre. It was opened on September 18, 1916, and was originally operated by Maine Theatres and later by Paramount. There were 1,192 seats at opening, but 42 were in boxes. Boxes were usually closed when theaters converted entirely to movies.

The opening date and the nae of the original operators indicates that this was the house mentioned in the March 11, 1916, issue of The American Contractor:

“Biddeford, Me.—Theater & Store Bldg.: $100,000. 1 sty. & bas. & balconies. 65x168. Biddeford. Archts. Jackson & Solomonson, 36 Bromfield St., Boston, Mass. Owner Maine Theaters, Inc., A. S. Black, pres., Central blk., Rockland, Me. Architects taking bids.”
Jackson & Solomonson also designed other houses for Maine Theatres during this period, including the Star Theatre in Westbrook.